British television host Piers Morgan is leaving “Good Morning Britain” hours after he stormed off set following criticism over comments he made about Meghan Markle.
Morgan recently made headlines after criticizing Prince Harry and Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, calling it a “disgraceful betrayal” of Queen Elizabeth II. Morgan has often criticized Markle and abruptly left the set of the morning show on Tuesday after co-host Alex Beresford brought up a past “personal relationship” between the two.
ITV, the British television channel that airs “Good Morning Britain,” made the announcement Tuesday afternoon following the incident, according to BBC Scotland entertainment reporter David Farrell.
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” ITV said in a statement according to Farrell. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
BREAKING: Piers Morgan to leave Good Morning Britain ITV has announced ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BHc1SbKP37
— David Farrell (@DavidJ_Farrell) March 9, 2021
The move comes after critics demanded ITV fire Morgan over his comments regarding Markle’s interview. Morgan said he doesn’t “believe a word she says” and some accused him of discrediting Markle’s “accounts of suicidal thoughts and racism,” according to Forbes. (RELATED: Meghan Markle Accuses Royals Of Racism, Says She Considered Killing Herself)
Morgan’s ouster also comes after U.K. media regulator Ofcom launched an investigation into Morgan, according to Yahoo, over complaints regarding his comments about Markle.
“We have launched an investigation into Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules,” an Ofcom spokesperson previously said.