Piers Morgan’s supporters are ferociously campaigning for his return to Good Morning Britain after he departed the show earlier this week.
The 55-year-old presenter quit the ITV daytime programme on Tuesday following a backlash against his comments about Meghan Markle and her tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview, saying it was an ‘amicable’ exit and that he and the broadcaster ‘agreed to disagree’.
Since then 20,220 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for Piers to come back to the ITV daytime programme.
‘How ITV have treated Piers Morgan after he saved one of their failing shows is appalling,’ the campaign description reads. ‘They have thrown him under the bus and allowed him to be bullied by a colleague on air.
‘Piers has turned the show into the most talked about show on ITV. He was the only person who spoke on behalf of viewers during the pandemic and now he’s been bullied by the snowflakes all for speaking the truth.’
It concludes: ‘BRING PIERS BACK ITV.’
The campaign was launched just two days ago with many signatories sharing their thoughts on why Piers should be brought back.
One supporter wrote: ‘Free speech is important. He was saying what many in the country think.’
‘Piers Morgan is a marvelous TV presenter who says things everyone else thinks,’ wrote another. ‘That is why he is so good at his job. He must be reinstated with an apology from Megan Markle.’
The PA news agency understands that the Duchess of Sussex formally complained to ITV about Piers before he announced he was leaving Good Morning Britain.
After his exit, the host told the press outside his London home: ‘I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion.
‘If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s entirely their right.
‘I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and, frankly, contemptible.
‘If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly-held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.