Piers Morgan quits “Good Morning Britain” on Tuesday‚ just hours after his co-star confronted him over relentless criticism of Meghan Markle.
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” the network said in a statement.
“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
Morgan, 55, stormed off the set Tuesday after his co-star Alex Beresford called him out for continuing to “trash” Markle following her bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview with husband Prince Harry.
“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle. You’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program, and I understand that you had a personal relationship with Meghan Markle and she cut you off,” said Beresford, before questioning whether Morgan had any personal beef with the Duchess of Sussex.
“Has she said anything about you after she cut you off? She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. And yet you continue to trash her.”
Morgan later explained that he was “annoyed” so he “went for a little cool-down, and came back to finish the discussion.”
“I just prefer not to sit there listening to colleagues call me diabolical,” he wrote on Twitter.
Piers Morgan Quits Fires Back On Twitter
Sure. I just prefer not to sit there listening to colleagues call me diabolical. https://t.co/ASrypakZdu
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 9, 2021
Since the Oprah interview aired Sunday, Morgan has repeatedly criticized Markle, 39, for agreeing to the sit-down — calling the move “an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of The Queen and the royal family.”
“I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle — but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful,” he wrote on Twitter that day.
This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family. I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the Monarchy like this is shameful. #OprahMeghanHarry pic.twitter.com/F2QDxELSsr
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2021
Then on Monday’s episode of “Good Morning Britain,” Morgan slammed the interview as a “two-hour trash-a-thon” of the royals.
“They trash everybody. They basically make out the entire royal family a bunch of white supremacists,” Morgan said of the special, in which the couple revealed that a member of the family had raised “concerns” about the color of their son Archie’s skin color before he was born.
Morgan also addressed the interview in a scathing op-ed for the Daily Mail that called Markle the “Duchess of Delusion.”
“Meghan even compared her former life living in a palace to the crippling freedom-robbing existence of coronavirus lockdowns, which must have sounded so empathetic to large families living at the top of tower blocks with three kids they’re trying to home-school and no job to pay for food,” Morgan wrote.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex relocated to Montecito, California, after stepping down as senior royals last year.
In a statement Tuesday after days of silence, Queen Elizabeth II said the family was “saddened” by the allegations in the interview — which included the couple’s admission that Markle was suicidal while pregnant with Archie.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” she said.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately,” she continued.