Susanna Reid said her former Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan is not returning to the programme after his controversial and dramatic exit earlier this year.
Piers walked away from the show in the wake of backlash for saying he ‘doesn’t believe’ comments made by the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which she said she felt suicidal while pregnant with her son Archie.
In a ruling released on Wednesday, broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said he was entitled to share his opinions although they were ‘potentially harmful and offensive’.
The presenter reacted shortly afterwards asking ‘Do I get my job back?’ on Twitter and his Mail Online column.
However his plea might have fallen on deaf ears as Susanna said during an interview with author Celia Walden – Piers’ wife – during Thursday’s episode.
In the closing moments of the segment she said: ‘He’s not coming back’.
It prompted Celia, who was on the show to promote her book Payday, to plead: ‘Any time you want him just let me know.’
She added that she missed him expending his pent up energy on GMB during the week, leading to some blissfully silent nights at home.
Host Susanna, who is still in touch with her former co-host, said: ‘We used to say Piers was like a toddler. I would look after him like daycare and then hand him back to you.
‘What always struck me was, we used to argue hammer and tongs, that was part of the dynamic, but you and Piers never argue. How much has that changed in the last six months?’
‘I won’t lie, it’s been a challenge,’ Celia said, ‘but we don’t really argue. We’re too busy in our own worlds.
‘It was helpful that he used to expend so much energy on the show and then just flatline on the sofa.’
When asked by Susanna what Piers might get up to next, she gave the cryptic reply: ‘He’s got some irons in the fire so I suspect he won’t be kicking around the house for much longer.’
The Life Stories presenter himself declared that he had been getting a flood of new job offers since beating the Ofcom complaint.
Speaking outside his home on Wednesday, he said: ‘I have had loads of offers and they have accelerated in the last 10 hours, as you can imagine, and I will take my free speech campaign around the world and all I require is to have an employer who believes in it as passionately as I do.’
The presenter said he was confident he’s a ‘valuable commodity’ based on the ITV Daytime show scoring its highest ratings on the day he quit.He then added: ‘I’m considering some very interesting offers right now and I will make a decision quite soon.
‘This is a landmark ruling by Ofcom today. This is Ofcom saying I and any other broadcaster is entitled to say to a public figure, “I don’t believe you”.
‘Because if they had gone the other way and said I had to believe Meghan Markle even when she was lying, where does that leave us with Government ministers who I was challenging during the pandemic?’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 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.
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Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.
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