Alex has appeared on Good Morning Britain since 2014 (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex)
Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford has revealed he has been ‘forced to step away’ from Twitter and Facebook after experiencing an onslaught of racist trolling on social media in the wake of his row with Piers Morgan on Meghan Markle.
Following the airing of Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside Prince Harry earlier this month, ex-GMB presenter Piers expressed disbelief over several of the duchess’ claims, including her saying that she suffered from suicidal thoughts and racism before the couple stepped down as senior working members of the royal family.
Weatherman Alex was later invited onto the ITV morning show, where he and Piers engaged in a heated row over Meghan that resulted in the Life Stories presenter storming off set.
In a new article penned by Alex, he explained that in the weeks since his and Piers’ spat, he has been ‘subjected to relentless racism myself on social media’, which is why he has chosen to take a step back from the platforms.
‘Three weeks ago I took part in a television debate about the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to publicly reveal the racism they claimed to have suffered as members of the Royal Family, and the impact on their mental health,’ he wrote for The Telegraph.
‘Since then I have been subjected to relentless racism myself on social media. I haven’t announced it (like the former Arsenal player Thierry Henry did this week when he publicly quit social media, in response to anonymous racist bullying) but I have been forced to step away from Twitter and Facebook myself, because it was getting too much. I am a strong person, but I am not made of steel.’
Alex and Piers’ debate on Meghan became extremely heated (Picture: ITV)
Harry and Meghan’s chat with Oprah made headlines around the world (Picture: Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP)
Alex was referring to a statement released by Thierry Henry last week, in which the former professional footballer said he was ‘removing myself from social media’ until the platforms became better regulated, citing ‘the sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture’.
In his article, Alex also referenced the report recently released by the government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which concluded that there was no ‘evidence’ of institutional racism in the UK.
The presenter said that the review delivers a ‘false sense of hope that our work is done’, while also giving ‘social media racists the comfort to push a little bit further as they hide in plain sight’.
He emphasised that in his view, social media is a ‘reflection of a bigger problem in society’.
Last week, Alex returned to GMB for the first time since his on-air dispute with Piers.
He said it was ‘good to be back’ on the programme, with co-host Kate Garraway saying that it was ‘lovely to have you hear’ after a ‘tumultuous time’.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.