'Pathetic': Piers Morgan quits over Meghan Markle backlash

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Piers Morgan has stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain and he is never to return, after announcing he is quitting the program in the wake of his live walk off.

ITV confirmed the host would be stepping down from his position after co-host Alex Beresford condemned the outspoken Meghan critic for 'trashing' the Duchess of Sussex for years, but particularly in the wake of her and Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey this week.

Piers Morgan storms off Good Morning Britain
Piers Morgan has left Good Morning Britain in a sensational exit on live TV. Photo: ITV

“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” the network said in a statement today.

“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

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It comes after Piers copped backlash for suggesting Meghan's statement that she 'didn't want to live anymore' were false, as well as for years of ranting about the Duchess on TV.

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Piers questioned Meghan's assertion that while working as a royal she 'didn't want to live anymore'. Photo: CBS

“I don’t believe a word she says," he said of Meghan's shocking claims made on Oprah.

On Tuesday, the host was called out on air by his co-host, Beresford.

Piers storms off over Meghan 'trashing' criticism

Alex Beresford slammed Piers for his dislike of Meghan, saying “you’ve made it 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,” he added.

“Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, yet you continue to trash her.”

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Piers stormed off after Beresford's criticism in a mvoe the co-host labelled 'diabolical'. Photo: ITV

In response Piers, who on Monday spent 30 minutes criticising Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview on the live show stormed off the set saying he was 'done with this', in a move that Beresford labelled 'pathetic'.

"Sorry can't do this," Piers said as he left the set.

“This is absolutely diabolical behaviour, I’m sorry but Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit there and listen," Beresford shot back. "6.30 to 7 yesterday was incredibly hard to watch," Beresford said as the host left the set.

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Alex Beresford called Pier's storm off 'diabolical behaviour'. Photo: ITV

Piers had been hosting the show for about 10 minutes before he left the set, and in that time had made a visibly annoyed co-host Charlotte Hawkins stand up and show viewer's her 'mini skirt' which Piers referred to as the 'first sign of spring'.

Piers departure from ITV comes after the network's chief executive backed Meghan's claims in a press conference.

“I completely believe what she [Meghan] said,” Carolyn McCall said.

Piers' sensational exit was condemned by thousands online,

"Yesterday Piers couldn't believe that someone may feel suicidal after 4 years of constant vitriolic abuse from all angles," one Twitter user pointed out. "Today he has to sit through 30 seconds of someone (rightly) pointing the finger at him and he loses the plot."

Piers' relationship with Meghan Markle famously soured after the pair enjoyed a casual friendship online and met up once for a drink in London.

At the time, in 2017, Piers called Meghan his 'old mate', but later changed his tune when the Duchess stopped responding to his attempts at communication and, in his words, 'ghosted him'.

Queen breaks silence on Oprah interview

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Buckingham Palace have released a statement responding to Harry and Meghan's claims. Photo: AP

The exit of Meghan and Harry's most vocal critic comes as the Queen breaks her silence on their explosive claims.

The Queen has responded to Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they made several shocking claims about the royal family.

Among the most jaw-dropping were that the duo was financially 'cut off' by the royal family after Megxit, that while Meghan was pregnant one royal expressed concerns over 'how dark' Archie's skin would be, and that the pressures and control she felt under while a working royal lead Meghan to a place where she 'didn't want to live'.

In a brief statement released on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said allegations of racism made earlier this week by Prince Harry and Meghan were “concerning” and the Queen was 'saddened' by the interview.

Buckingham Palace says the issues raised will be addressed privately by the royal family.

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