Susanna Reid bids farewell to Piers Morgan after GMB release | Piers Morgan
Susanna Reid told viewers of the first edition of Good Morning Britain after Piers Morgan left that they “disagreed on a lot of things,” including his remarks on the Duchess of Sussex, and described him as a “Frank, stimulating, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster”.
Reid said Morgan, who reportedly left after a clash with ITV executives because he refused to apologize for questioning the veracity of Meghan’s comments about her suicidal thoughts, had “decided to leave the program”.
“It will definitely be a lot different, but the shows go on and on and on,” she added.
Morgan left the set on Tuesday after a disagreement with weather presenter Alex Beresford and faced an Ofcom investigation after 41,000 complaints for his comments, including one sent on behalf of Meghan. In a tweet, sent while the show was on the air Wednesday morning, Morgan appeared to confirm that his refusal to withdraw his comments was behind his exit.
He wrote: “On Monday I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her interview with Oprah. I’ve had time to think about this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill on which I am happy to die. He said he was “gone to spend more time with my opinions” and added a quote from Winston Churchill on free speech.
Meanwhile, Ranvir Singh – who replaced Morgan as Reid’s co-host – opened the show by telling viewers, “We’re going to talk what you think. I know what you are thinking, we’ll get there.
Later, in a carefully crafted monologue, Reid said that Morgan “has a lot of criticism and he has a lot of fans” and “he’s been a voice for many of you and a voice against which many of you stand. are insulted “.
“You will know I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview,” she said. “He himself clarified his comments about his sanity on the show yesterday. There are a lot of voices on GMB and everyone has their say. But now Piers has decided to quit the program. Some of you can clap and some of you can boo.
“He’s been my presenting partner, Monday through Wednesday, for over five years.”
Singh later said, “Piers is a unique person… someone who had no fear of the way people saw him, or the possible impact what he said on others.”
By early Tuesday evening, Ofcom had received more than 41,000 complaints about Morgan’s comments, prompting the broadcasting regulator to launch an investigation into whether his comments violated the UK broadcasting code on harm and the offense.
The Guardian understands that a formal complaint was made to ITV on behalf of the Duchess after the broadcast.
After the announcement, ITV released a statement saying: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided that it is now time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV accepted this decision and has nothing more to add. “
Meghan told Oprah Winfrey she asked for outpatient care to help resolve her thoughts of suicide, but was told she shouldn’t.
Morgan asked in Monday’s edition of GMB whether the Duchess was telling the truth. “Who did you go to?” he said. “What did they tell you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.