Lorraine Kelly has revealed that Piers Morgan sent her a candid email revealing his plans to leave Good Morning Britain, just before news of his exit broke.
ITV confirmed in a statement on Monday night that Piers, 55, has decided to leave Good Morning Britain.
Piers faced backlash for comments he made surrounding Meghan’s mental health and appearing on The One Show shortly, Lorraine said she wasn’t aware of the details, but had heard from Piers 20 minutes before ITV confirmed his exit.
Lorraine had been due to chat with Piers and his co-host Susanna Reid on Tuesday morning about her upcoming documentary, but Piers told her that he wouldn’t be seeing her.
Lorraine said: ‘[Piers] did actually email me about 20 minutes ago, so that’s the first that I heard. No real details… because I thought I was going to see him, I was actually going to go on GMB to talk about the documentary on Dunblane.
‘He said, “No, I’m going,” and he just said he’s away. It looks like he has, I don’y know any more details than that, it’s certainly going to be quieter.’
Lorraine added: ‘We all wish him well, we all wish him absolutely all the best, of course we do… it’ll be calmer.’
Rylan Clark-Neal agreed: ‘I think it will be very different.’
When asked who she thinks will replace Piers, Lorraine joked that Ben Shephard was probably already in bed to step in for tomorrow morning’s broadcast.
‘I think Ben Shephard is already having his coco and putting his jammies on.’
ITV’s statement on Piers leaving read: ‘Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.
‘ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.’
It came after Ofcom launched an investigation into Good Morning Britain, after Piers was seen commenting that he ‘didn’t believe’ Meghan’s claims that she had considered taking her own life and experienced racism within the Palace.
Following Piers’ comments, 41,000 complaints were made to TV watchdog Ofcom.
Piers has since addressed the backlash and said: ‘I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said. But let me just state for the record my position on mental illness and on suicide.
‘Mental illness and suicide, these are clearly very serious things and should be taken extremely seriously and if somebody is feeling that way they should get the treatment and help that they need every time and if they belong to an institution like the Royal family and they go and seek that help, they should absolutely be given it.
‘It’s not for me to question whether she felt suicidal, I wasn’t in her mind and that’s for her to say.’
Celebrities were seen reacting to his departure on social media, with some calling for his co-star Alex to replace him, following the pair’s clash on Monday morning.
Alex had called out Piers live on air for his comments on Meghan and said: ‘‘I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle you’ve made that so clear a number of times on this programme. I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or had one and she cut you off.
‘She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has but yet you continue to trash her.’
Piers stood up to walk off set and told Alex: ‘I’m done with this. Sorry. You can trash me, mate, but not on my own show. See you later, can’t do this.’
The One Show airs weeknights Monday to Friday from 7pm, while Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am.
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