The Chase’s Jenny Ryan has implied that she declined invitations to be interviewed on Good Morning Britain during term time because of Piers Morgan.
The ITV quizzer made the confession after it was announced that the presenter had quit the programme following 61,000 Ofcom complaints about his comments on Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
‘I’d run out of excuses as to why I could only appear on GMB during the holidays, so this is a blessed relief,’ Jenny tweeted.
Piers would present Good Morning Britain during the term time alongside co-host Susanna Reid, while hosts such as Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway would take over the reins during school holidays.
Broadcaster ITV announced in a brief statement late on Tuesday that Piers had left the programme.
The 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.’
Piers’ exit came after he made comments about Meghan’s mental health in response to her Oprah Winfrey interview.
He said: ‘Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me weather report. The fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our Royal family I think is contemptible.’
On Tuesday morning’s show, Piers clarified his comments, saying: ‘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.’
However, tweeting after the news of his departure was made public, Piers stood by what he said.
He wrote: ‘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.’
Piers has also insisted that this is not the end and he will be making a comeback.
Speaking outside his London home on Wednesday, he said: ‘I think it’s fair to say, although the woke crowd will think that they’ve cancelled me, I think they will be rather disappointed when I re-emerge.
‘I would call it a temporary hibernation.’
Credit: Original article published here.