“Good Morning Britain” host Susanna Reid addressed the departure of her controversial former co-host, Piers Morgan, during an on-air segment of the show on Wednesday.
Reid opened the show by acknowledging Morgan’s history of making controversial comments on the air.
“Now Piers and I have disagreed on a lot of things, and that dynamic was one of the things that viewers loved about the show,” he said. “He is undoubtedly an outspoken, defiant, stubborn and disruptive broadcaster. It has many critics and many fans ”.
Reid then referenced Piers’ latest attacks on “Good Morning Britain,” in which he dismissed Meghan Markle’s experience dealing with racism as a member of the royal family and questioned the revelation in his interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had contemplated suicide during his life. time as a member of royalty.
“Everyone knows that I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview, he clarified his comments about his mental health on the show yesterday,” he said. “There are many voices in ‘GMB’ and everyone has their opinion. But now Piers has decided to leave the show. Some of you may cheer and some of you will boo. “
Morgan, who has frequently used her “Good morning Great Britain” position and her Twitter platform to attack the Duchess of Sussex, received a widespread backlash earlier this week after she discussed her interview with Winfrey on Monday, saying : “Sorry, don’t believe a word he says …”
“I wouldn’t believe it if you read me the weather report,” he added.
Morgan apparently tried to clarify his positions on the show the next day by pointing out that he believes the problems of mental illness and suicide should “be taken very seriously.“But he put that thought first, arguing that he” generally “didn’t believe what Meghan said during her and Prince Harry’s meeting with Winfrey on Sunday night. fold in that position on Twitter).
Meghan’s relentless critic also notably withdrew from the set of “Good Morning Britain” during Tuesday’s show after weather host Alex Beresford criticized him for his treatment of The Duchess.
British television channel ITV announced Morgan’s departure later Tuesday, stating that Ofcom, the UK’s telecommunications watchdog, had received more than 41,000 complaints about Morgan’s on-air comments about Meghan.
On Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported that someone on behalf of the Duchess had formally complained to ITV that Morgan’s comments could affect viewers who are dealing with mental health issues.
Later, on Wednesday’s “Good Morning Britain” segment, Reid noted that she had worked as a presenter alongside Morgan for more than five years.
“It’s certainly going to be very different,” he said. “But the shows go on, and so we go on.”
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