Daily US Times: ITV’s Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has left the show following a row over comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
It brings Mr Morgan’s time on the show to an end after six years.
ITV announced the decision of Morgan leaving the show after Ofcom said it was investigating his comments after receiving 41,000 complaints.
On Monday’s show, the controversial host said he “didn’t believe a word” the duchess had told Oprah Winfrey about her mental health in an interview.
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add,” an ITV spokesperson said:
The channel confirmed that his departure from the breakfast news show Good Morning Britain will take effect immediately but declined to say who would be replacing him on Wednesday.
In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Piers Morgan posted a picture of himself alongside his late manager John Ferriter with the comment: “He’d have told me to do exactly the same thing.”
The host’s departure followed an on-air clash with weather presenter Alex Beresford, who criticised his Morgan on Tuesday for “continuing to trash” Meghan, prompting Morgan to walk off set. He returned within 10 minutes.
ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said on Monday she “completely believed what [the duchess] says”, adding that ITV is “totally committed to” mental health.
Mental health charity Mind, which is a partner with ITV on its Britain Get Talking campaign, also criticised Piers Morgan, saying it was “disappointed” by the presenter’s comments.