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Piers Morgan is leaving ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” morning show after facing backlash for comments he made about Meghan Markle on Monday.
The news comes shortly after U.K. broadcasting regulator Ofcom said it was investigating Morgan after more than 41,000 people complained.
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” the network said in a statement Tuesday. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Just hours earlier, Morgan was called out by co-host Alex Beresford on “Good Morning Britain” for his behavior towards the Duchess of Sussex. Beresford said Morgan relentlessly criticized Meghan in recent years and cited comments Morgan made that cast doubt on Meghan’s truthfulness when she spoke about her suicidal ideations.
“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle,” Beresford said to Morgan. “You’ve made that so clear a number of times on this program. A number of times. And I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or had one and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her.”
The on-air incident caused Morgan to walk off set.
Beresford called after him, saying the move was “pathetic.”
“This is absolutely diabolical behavior,” Beresford added with Morgan off camera. “I’m sorry, but Piers…