LONDON (AP) — British television host Piers Morgan quit the ‘Good Morning Britain’ show on Tuesday after making controversial comments about Meghan following her bombshell interview about the royal family.
The UK media watchdog said earlier on Tuesday it was launching an investigation into the show under its harm and infringement rules after receiving more than 41,000 complaints about Morgan’s comments on the Duchess of Sussex.
Morgan’s departure was announced shortly after Buckingham Palace released a statement saying allegations of racism made by Prince Harry and Meghan during an interview with Oprah Winfrey were “worrying”.
In the interview, which aired in the US on Sunday night and then in the UK on Monday night, Meghan explained that she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’ as she struggled to fit in with the monarchy . She also alleged that she had faced racist attitudes from Buckingham Palace and the British media, and that her requests for help with her mental health had been denied.
Morgan, 55, said on ‘Good Morning Britain’ on Monday when discussing Meghan’s revelations that “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said.
“I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report,” he said, adding that the Duchess had unleashed an “attack” on the Royal Family.
It drew widespread criticism, including mental health charity Mind, which said it was disappointed and concerned by Morgan’s comments about not believing Meghan’s experiences with suicidal thoughts.
“It is essential that when people seek help or share their experiences of poor mental health, they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy,” the charity said.
In Tuesday’s episode, Morgan addressed his own comments the day before, noting that he believed mental illness and suicide were matters that should be “taken extremely seriously.” But he maintained he had “serious concerns about the veracity of much of what (Meghan) said”.
He then left the program set as weather presenter Alex Beresford criticized his attitude towards Meghan. As Morgan walked away, he said “I’m done.”
ITV, which produces ‘Good Morning Britain’, said on Tuesday: ‘Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided that it is now time to leave ‘Good Morning Britain’. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.
Morgan was a former “America’s Got Talent” judge, and in 2011 he replaced Larry King’s time slot on CNN with his own talk show, which was canceled in 2014 after poor ratings. A former tabloid editor, he joined ‘Good Morning Britain’ in 2015.
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