ITV CEO Carolyn McCall has said the UK broadcaster will hold talks with Piers Morgan after the Good morning Great Britain The presenter said live that he did not believe that Meghan Markle had suicidal thoughts.
McCall was asked about Morgan’s behavior multiple times during a media call for ITV earnings in 2020 today, and the former EasyJet boss suggested executives will raise questions about his comments, which have been criticized by a charity. mental health.
He hasn’t spoken to Morgan personally, but said Kevin Lygo, ITV’s managing director of media and entertainment, is “grappling with that as we speak.” He declined to comment on whether ITV will support or punish Morgan.
When asked if she thinks Markle was being genuine about her mental health in an interview with Oprah Winfrey (shown on ITV Monday night), McCall said: “I completely believe her when she says that and what’s more. importantly, everyone should. “
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She added: “The most important thing with mental health that ITV does and what it is totally committed to, is that we support, we make people speak, we listen, we say that everyone has to listen and everyone has to believe because that is how you get people talking. So we are very committed to that. “
The intervention by mental health charity Mind is particularly notable because it supports ITV’s mental health campaign, Get Britain Talking. When asked if Morgan can say and tweet what he likes, even if that discredits ITV’s promises, McCall said Morgan qualified his comments on the air this morning.
Morgan said: “When we talked about this yesterday, I said something all-encompassing. I still don’t believe what Megham Markle is saying in general in this interview and I have serious concerns about the veracity of much of what he said. But let me express my position on mental illness and suicide.
“When it comes to mental illness and suicide, it is clear that these are extremely serious things and they must be taken very seriously and, if someone feels this way, they should receive the treatment and help they need at all times. Every time. And if they belong to an institution like the royal family, they should seek that help and receive it. It’s not up to me to question whether she felt suicidal, I’m not on her mind and that’s for her to say. “
The former CNN host also left the set live after being criticized by his co-star Alex Beresford for comments he made about Markle. Beresford called out Morgan’s “devilish behavior”: “Sorry, but Piers talks regularly and we all have to sit back and listen. Yesterday, from 6:30 to 7:00, it was incredibly difficult to see. Incredibly difficult to watch … He has the ability to come here and speak from a position that he doesn’t fully understand. “