Piers Morgan addressed the Ofcom row (Picture: ITV)
Piers Morgan has hit out at ITV boss Kevin Lygo following his exit from Good Morning Britain and his comments over Meghan Markle, which sparked an Ofcom row.
The presenter, who quit GMB in March, said he didn’t believe the Duchess Of Sussex, who he has branded ‘Princess Pinocchio’, following her and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
He stormed off set following a clash with Alex Beresford, and his comments sparked more than 57,000 complaints to Ofcom.
Piers has now tweeted: ‘On the subject of my exit from @GMB – it can’t be long before @Ofcom rules on the most complained about moment in UK TV history: my refusal to believe Princess Pinocchio.
‘She personally complained to the regulator & the CEO of ITV. Should be a fascinating verdict.’
Responding to a tweet about ITV boss Kevin Lygo saying that he is aiming for GMB to be the ‘most talked about’ morning TV show instead of having bigger ratings than BBC Breakfast, Piers went on to accuse him of having ‘seller’s remorse.’
‘Hmmm… by the time I left, we had a larger audience than BBC Breakfast and had become the most talked about breakfast show in the world…. do I detect a bit of seller’s remorse here?’ he said.
Discussing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah, Piers said on Good Morning Britain that he ‘didn’t believe’ Meghan and added: ‘Who did you go to? What did she say to you? I’m sorry but I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle.
‘I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report. The fact that she’s fired this onslaught our Royal Family is contemptible.’
Ofcom confirmed it would launch an investigation into the episode.
Piers later addressed the controversy but did not apologise, and stated: ‘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.’
Since Piers’ exit, he has not been replaced on Good Morning Britain.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
What is Ofcom and what does it cover?
Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.
The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.
Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.
Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.
The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.
This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.
Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.
Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.
If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.
An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.
Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.