Piers Morgan’s ex co-hosts ‘missing’ on TV after Meghan clash

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Piers Morgan stunned the world when he stormed off the set of his TV show, Good Morning Britain on Tuesday (UK time) after a fiery on-air clash with his co-hosts over Meghan Markle's Oprah interview.

The 55-year-old later quit the program leaving chaos in his wake and two of his former co-presenters 'missing' from set.

Piers Morgan’s former co-hosts Susanna Reid and Alex Beresford were ‘missing’ from the show after their heated Meghan Markle clash. Photo: Good Morning Britain/ITV.
Piers Morgan’s former co-hosts Susanna Reid and Alex Beresford were ‘missing’ from the show after their heated Meghan Markle clash. Photo: Good Morning Britain/ITV.

'Missing' co-hosts

Weatherman Alex Beresford has not appeared on the show since confronting Piers over his controversial comments about Meghan's mental health admission during her tell-all with Oprah earlier in the week.

When viewers began to notice Alex's absence, GMB's production company ITV issues a short statement to The Sun saying that he "wasn’t scheduled to work Wednesday or today".

Piers' co-host of five years, Susanna Reid, failed to show up the morning after she was left to pick up the pieces and address Piers' shock exit in a solemn speech to viewers.

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In Susanna's case, however, ITV appears to have opted out of offering any explanation for her absence at all.

Instead, fellow presenter Charlotte Hawkins was left to inform viewers at the top of the show: "We’re here all the way through until 9am this morning, with Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway joining us at 6.30am".

Alex Beresford took to Twitter to break his silence on his explosive argument with Piers. Photo: Twitter/AlexBeresfordTV
Alex Beresford took to Twitter to break his silence on his explosive argument with Piers. Photo: Twitter/AlexBeresfordTV

Weatherman speaks out

Alex Beresford has since spoken out about the now-infamous row, taking to Twitter to state that Piers' departure wasn't his goal.

"There is so much that could be said," he wrote.

"Piers' departure sincerely wasn't the conclusion I was hoping for.

He went on to reference his 'cheeky' on-air relationship with Piers and clarify that they both wanted to appear on the show the morning after Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview.

"We both knew how strongly our opinions differed on the treatment of Harry and Meghan pre and post the interview that has split the world.

"I hoped we could reach a place of understanding, it’s sad that we weren’t able to get there..."

Alex said that while he didn't want Piers to quit, he did 'want him to listen,' and that in the end, he wishes him well.

Piers stormed off set and later resigned over a spat over Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview. Photo: Good Morning Britain/ITV.
Piers stormed off set and later resigned over a spat over Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview. Photo: Good Morning Britain/ITV.

'Show must go on'

The day after Piers' exit, his long-time co-host Susanna Reid delivered a statement to GMA viewers in which she described Piers as an "outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster".

“A number of people will know the news and many of you will not and will be surprised that Piers Morgan is not here this morning.

"Now Piers and I have disagreed on many things, and that dynamic was one the things that viewers loved about the program.

"He is, without doubt, an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster. He has many critics and he has many fans."

Susanna, 50, went on to say that while she disagreed with Piers about Meghan’s interview, that there are 'many voices' on GMB and 'everyone has their say'. 

"It is certainly going to be very different. But shows go on, and so on we go," she concluded.

Susanna Reid addressed her ex-colleague Piers Morgan's dramatic exit in a solemn speech. Photo: Good Morning Britain/ITV.
Susanna Reid addressed her ex-colleague Piers Morgan's dramatic exit in a solemn speech. Photo: Good Morning Britain/ITV.

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