Piers Morgan has claimed ITV didn’t call for him to apologise over his comments about Meghan Markle’s mental health before he sensationally quit Good Morning Britain.
The 55-year-old suddenly departed the ITV news show after 41,000 people complained to Ofcom – which eventually grew to 57,000 – when he said he didn’t believe the Duchess of Sussex’s claims her suicidal thoughts were ignored by the Royal Family.
On his final episode, Piers clashed with co-star Alex Beresford live on air and subsequently stormed off set hours before ITV confirmed he was leaving Good Morning Britain with immediate effect.
In his explosive column for Mail on Sunday, Piers insisted ITV hasn’t asked for an apology and stuck by the broadcaster as he continues to front Life Stories.
He wrote: ‘To compound my unease, the mental health charity Mind – which gave me an award in 2012 for promoting mental health issues in Life Stories interviews with troubled stars such as Frank Bruno and Paul Gascoigne – issued a statement saying it was “disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts”.
‘It ended with the ominously threatening words: “We are in conversations with ITV about this.”
Piers suddenly quit Good Morning Britain over the backlash (Picture: ITV)
‘ITV asked me to clarify what I meant on tomorrow’s show, which I’m happy to do as it’s been deliberately misconstrued to suggest I don’t think victims of mental illness should be believed.
‘I was told I didn’t need to apologise.’
Piers took issue with Susanna Reid’s ‘chilly’ goodbye
Also in his column, Piers confirmed he apologised to his co-host Susanna Reid for his sudden exit but took issue with her frosty farewell on air, as she was joined by Ranvir Singh to address the drama.
‘She apologised for the tone of her chilly goodbye, which was for all the reasons I suspected, and I apologised for leaving her in the lurch so suddenly,’ he said.
‘It was a good conversation, and we agreed that when the dust settles, we’ll have a long lunch to celebrate five extraordinary years.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.