Piers, 55, has left Good Morning Britain after hosting the show with Susanna Reid for five years, following huge backlash to comments he made on Monday’s episode.
Following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Sunday night in the States, Piers said that he did not believe Meghan when she said she felt suicidal and was denied help by the HR department of the Royal family.
A formal complaint was lodged on behalf of Meghan, while Ofcom received 41,000 complaints about the episode.
According to the Guardian, a number of staff members on GMB also issued complaints about Piers’s comments.
One anonymous member of the show’s editorial and production staff told the publication: ‘Everyone is used to Piers saying things like this, but Meghan had literally said that the media wasn’t treating her fairly because of who she is, and he was just doing it again.’
Another said that management’s attitude stage following Tuesday’s episode, when Piers stormed off set when confronted by Alex Beresford over his dislike of Meghan.
They said: ‘They felt that they had to be seen on the “morally right side of the argument”.’
Another, however, said that the different attitudes towards Piers among staff was ‘very much generational’, with younger members of staff being in opposition to the presenter.
Following the news that Ofcom was investigating Good Morning Britain, ITV confirmed that Piers had parted ways with the show.
A short statement 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.’
A report from The Sun later claimed that Piers had quit after refusing to apologise on-air for his comments.
Piers has since stood by his comments, tweeting: ‘On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.’
He also claimed he had been ‘cancelled’ and that he would be back soon.
Since then, Piers has thanked the team behind GMB after it emerged that his final episode of the show beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings by 40,000 viewers.
Sharing a picture of the team on set, he wrote: ‘I had one goal when I joined @GMB – beat @BBCBreakfast in the ratings.On my last day, we did it.
‘That was down to the hard work & dedication of the whole team. They don’t all agree with me, some don’t even like me, but we were a team..and we won. Thanks guys. I’ll miss you.’
Credit: Original article published here.