Piers Morgan clashed with Good Morning Britain weather presenter Alex Beresford today during what is now his last appearance as a host on the ITV show. The broadcaster announced the controversial presenter’s decision to quit following today’s clash, as well as the backlash he has received following comments he made earlier this week. It has not been confirmed whether Piers will present tomorrow’s show but ITV will need to find his replacement shortly.
Piers has been presenting Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid since 2015, together they dominate the Monday to Wednesday slot, except for holidays.
The outspoken host signed a new contract with the broadcaster last year said to be somewhere over the million mark because of the continually increasing ratings they receive with him fronting the show.
But, after Piers vented his fury at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah Winfrey interview on Monday’s show, Piers was confronted by his co-star over his negative comments.
Viewers saw Piers refuse to listen to Alex’s view and walked off the GMB set as he remarked: “I’m done with this. See you later. Sorry, I can’t do this.”
After today’s show, it was announced Ofcom had launched an investigation into Monday’s episode.
The watchdog received more than 41,000 complaints in relation to Piers’ comments about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah.
ITV then released a statement that confirmed Piers decision to quit the show he presents alongside Susanna Reid.
The statement read: “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.”
Following the announcement, Express.co.uk is asking, who should replace Piers Morgan on GMB?
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Piers’ last appearance on GMB today saw him walk off set when Alex explained why he wasn’t pleased with his co-stars on Meghan.
Alex said: “They have had an overwhelming amount of negative press. I watched the programme yesterday and yes they had some great press around the wedding – what press is going to trash someone’s special day?
“There was bad press around the engagement and everything that has followed since has been incredibly damaging quite clearly to Meghan’s mental health and also to Harry.
“And I hear, Piers, William has gone through the same thing but you know what? Siblings experience tragedy in their life and one will be absolutely fine and brush it off and the other will not be able to deal with it so strongly.
“And that is clearly what has happened with Prince Harry in this situation. He walked behind his mother’s coffin at a tender age in front of the globe – that is going to shape a young boy for the rest of his life.”
“So I think we all need to take a step back and I understand you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this programme, a number of times,” he continued.
“And I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle or you 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 and yet you continue to trash her.”
Piers stepped away from his desk at this point and walked off the GMB set.
Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays on ITV at 6am.
Published at Tue, 09 Mar 2021 20:37:00 +0000