New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – Piers Morgan has taken himself off the air.
The controversial British broadcaster quit his hosting gig at ‘Good Morning Britain’, ITV announced Tuesday.
“Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave,” the network said in a statement.
The news came shortly after UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom launched an investigation into Monday’s episode of the talk show, in which Morgan accused Meghan Markle of lying about racism within the royal family and her own suicidal thoughts.
“Yes they had some great press around the wedding, but there was bad press around the engagement, before the engagement and everything that has followed since has been incredibly damaging quite clearly to Meghan’s mental health and also to Harry,” Beresford said.
“I’ve walked into institutions as the only person of color and experienced covert and overt racism on so many occasions and why the Meghan interview really resonates with me is because an ex-work colleague, not on this show, asked me if I was worried about the shade of cocoa that my son was going to come out.So I fully understand the hurt that is behind all of that.”
Morgan, 55, began his career at Fleet Street tabloids before going on camera with “Piers Morgan’s Life Stories,” “Piers Morgan Live” and “Good Morning Britain.”
He has frequently caused stirs for racist and sexist comments made on air and off.
In November 2019, Ofcom said it would not punish Morgan after receiving almost 1,000 complaints when the host said he identified as a “penguin” during a discussion about gender identity.
ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said earlier Tuesday, before Morgan’s on-air scolding or resignation, that the network was “dealing with” him after he publicly questioned Markle.
“The most important thing with mental health that ITV does and is totally committed to, is that we support, we get people to speak up, we listen, we say everyone has to listen and everyone has to believe because that’s how you get people to speak up,” McCall said during a media call. “So we are very committed to that.”
In the CBS interview that aired Sunday night, Markle told Oprah Winfrey that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” while she was pregnant with Archie.
“I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle,” Morgan said Monday. “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
Mind, a British mental health charity, said it was “disappointed and concerned” by Morgan’s dismissal.
“It’s vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy,” the group said in a statement Monday.