Piers Morgan news – Host breaks silence on GMB return as 200,000 call for his return after Meghan Markle racism row

PIERS Morgan has said he will not be returning to Good Morning Britain despite nearly 200,000 people calling for him to be reinstated.

The TV presenter, 55, thanked those who signed the petitions supporting him following his on-air comments about the Duchess of Sussex and her headline-making interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The GMB host sensationally quit after refusing to publicly apologise for making a widely criticised statement that he didn't believe a word Meghan said during her controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the interview Meghan accused the royal family of racism and spoke about her mental health and suicidal thoughts.

His comments were criticised by mental health charity Mind and prompted a near-record 41,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, and a formal complaint to ITV from Meghan herself.

Piers stormed off set during a huge row with his GMB co-host this week after being criticised by co-host Alex Beresford for his reaction to Meghan Markle's suicide and racism comments in her Oprah interview.

Now three petitions on Change.org calling for Morgan to return to GMB have since garnered a combined total of more than 196,000 signatures.

In response to the numbers, Morgan wrote on Twitter: "I won't be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions. Normally, people start petitions to have me fired or deported, so this is a pleasant surprise."

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  • Joseph Gamp

    BEN SHEPHARD DROPS AWKWARD JOKE ABOUT PIERS MORGAN STORMING OFF GMB MID-SHOW AND QUITTING

    GMB anchor Ben Shephard made an awkward joke about Piers Morgan on today's show – referencing the star's walk-out before he quit the programme.

    It has been a dramatic week for the breakfast show, with the 55-year-old host sensationally clashing with co-star Alex Beresford on Tuesday, and ITV announcing his departure just hours later.

    He and Kate were going over today's newspaper front pages with a host of guests – including pundit Iain Dale.

    After discussing the latest following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview with royal expert Chris Ship, Ben said to Iain: "Iain, we're not going to come to you on Harry and Meghan as I imagine you may leave and we don't want that."

    Iain wiped his brow in faux relief, as Ben went on to joke: "We've had enough of that this week!" – with Kate giggling beside him.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN SAYS FINAL GMB APPEARANCE BEAT BBC BREAKFAST IN RATINGS FOR FIRST TIME EVER

    Morgan earlier tweeted that he enjoyed a victory over BBC Breakfast on his final day on GMB.

    "I had one goal when I joined GMB – beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings," he wrote.

    "On my last day, we did it. That was down to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.

    "They don't all agree with me, some don't even like me, but we were a team … and we won. Thanks guys. I'll miss you."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ALEX BERESFORD: I DIDN'T WANT PIERS TO QUIT

    Earlier on Thursday, Good Morning Britain weather presenter Alex Beresford said he had not wanted Morgan to quit the show after they had a heated on-air discussion about Meghan which led to Morgan walking off set.

    On Twitter, Beresford said: "I didn't want him to quit, but I did want him to listen."

    Beresford, 40, said challenging Morgan's views was "not an outrage".

    During Thursday's programme, presenter Kate Garraway described Morgan as "passionate" and "authentic".

  • Joseph Gamp

    I'LL MISS YOU: PIERS MORGAN THANKS GMB TEAM FOLLOWING EXIT

    Piers Morgan has bid farewell to the team at Good Morning Britain following his dramatic departure on Tuesday night.

    The TV presenter, who exited the ITV breakfast show following comments made about the Duchess of Sussex, tweeted: "I had one goal when I joined

    @GMB – beat @BBCBreakfast in the ratings. On my last day, we did it. That was down to the hard work & dedication of the whole team. They don't all agree with me, some don't even like me, but we were a team..and we won. Thanks guys. I'll miss you."

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN DISMISSES GMB RETURN AFTER PETITIONS REACH 200,000 SIGNATURES

    Piers Morgan has said he will not be returning to Good Morning Britain, after petitions calling for him to be reinstated reached a combined total of almost 200,000 signatures.

    The TV presenter, 55, thanked those who had supported him following his on-air comments about the Duchess of Sussex and her headline-making interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Morgan stood down after saying he did not believe the duchess's remarks in the interview, when she spoke about her mental health and having suicidal thoughts.

    His comments were criticised by mental health charity Mind and prompted 41,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, and a formal complaint to ITV from Meghan. Three petitions on Change.org calling for Morgan to return to GMB have since garnered a combined total of more than 196,000 signatures.

    In response to the numbers, Morgan wrote on Twitter: "I won't be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions. Normally, people start petitions to have me fired or deported, so this is a pleasant surprise."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS SLASHED ON JEREMY CLARKSON REPLACING PIERS MORGAN

    Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on Jeremy Clarkson replacing Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain to 6-4 (from 4-1) over the last 24 hours.

    “Just like Piers Morgan, Jeremy Clarkson is not afraid to speak his mind. The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host is right at the front end of the betting now to take over the hot seat on Good Morning Britain,” said Coral’s John Hill.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SHARON OSBOURNE APOLOGY (CONTINUED)

    "To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry.

    "I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.

    "There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast!

    "I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us and will continue to learn, listen and do better."

    Osbourne had also tweeted her support for Morgan, saying: "I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you're paid for your opinion and that you're just speaking your truth."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SHARON OSBOURNE: I'M SORRY IF I OFFENDED ANYONE OVER PIERS MORGAN ROW

    Sharon Osbourne has said she is "truly sorry" if she caused offence with comments she made in a row about Piers Morgan.

    The 68-year-old hit the headlines when she defended Morgan, who quit his Good Morning Britain job after saying he did not believe the Duchess of Sussex's comments in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Osbourne made her original comments on US show The Talk, saying: "I feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist so that makes me a racist."

    Now she has tweeted, after "some reflection", that she is "truly sorry".

    Osbourne wrote: "I have always been embraced with so much love and support from the black community and I have deep respect and love for the black community."

  • Joseph Gamp

    DENISE WELCH ACCUSES PIERS MORGAN’S GMB CO-STARS OF BEING ‘FAKE’ IN ‘RAGE TWEET’

    Denise Welch accused Piers Morgan's Good Morning Britain co-stars of being "fake" in a "rage tweet".

    The former Good Morning Britain presenter sensationally quit the show this week after refusing to apologise for his comments about Meghan Markle.

    In a now-deleted tweet, Denise said: "To those colleagues defending Piers and saying what a great guy he is just remember… I have receipts!!"

    Denise said of the tweet when asked by the Daily Star: "I rage tweeted then thought better of it. Commenting no further."

    Read more here.

  • Ben Hill

    ODDS SLASHED

    Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on Jeremy Clarkson replacing Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain to 6-4 (from 4-1) over the last 24 hours.

    “Just like Piers Morgan, Jeremy Clarkson is not afraid to speak his mind. The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host is right at the front end of the betting now to take over the hot seat on Good Morning Britain,” said Coral’s John Hill.

  • Ben Hill

    ALEX SPEAKS

    Good Morning Britain weather presenter Alex Beresford said he had not wanted Morgan to quit the show after they had a heated on-air discussion about Meghan which led to Morgan walking off set.

    On Twitter, Beresford said: "I didn't want him to quit, but I did want him to listen."

    Beresford, 40, said challenging Morgan's views was "not an outrage".

    During Thursday's programme, presenter Kate Garraway described Morgan as "passionate" and "authentic".

  • Ben Hill

    WE WANT BEN

    ITV presenter Ben Shephard has pipped Bradley Walsh and Jeremy Clarkson as the best replacement for Piers Morgan as host of Good Morning Britain, according to research.

    A survey of 1,864 adults in the UK saw Shephard take first place in a poll, while Alex Beresford, whose comments caused Piers to walk out of the GMB studio on the day of his final broadcast, was fourth on the list.

    Adrian Chiles completes the top five dream hosts.

    Just under two thirds (64 per cent) of respondents believe it's right for Piers to no longer hold the job because he's a 'bully', and 52 per cent feel he has been rude to guests.

  • Ben Hill

    NOT COMING BACK

    Piers Morgan has said he will not be returning to Good Morning Britain, after petitions calling for him to be reinstated reached a combined total of almost 200,000 signatures.

    The TV presenter, 55, thanked those who had supported him following his on-air comments about the Duchess of Sussex and her headline-making interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    Morgan stood down after saying he did not believe the duchess's remarks in the interview, when she spoke about her mental health and having suicidal thoughts.

    His comments were criticised by mental health charity Mind and prompted 41,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, and a formal complaint to ITV from Meghan.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ‘WE AGREE TO DISAGREE’

    Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford has been pictured for the first time since Piers Morgan quit the ITV breakfast show.

    The 40-year-old weather expert “wished Piers well” as he went for a walk near his home in Bristol on Thursday.

    GMB weatherman Alex looked sharp in a navy suit, shirt and white converse as he got in his daily exercise around his neighbourhood.

    Looking solemn, he didn’t smile for the cameras and avoided eye contact as he took some time away from the ITV studios.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HOW MANY PEOPLE COMPLAINED ABOUT PIERS MORGAN'S COVERAGE OF MEGHAN MARKLE?

    Over 41,000 viewers complained to regulator Ofcom about Piers' coverage of Meghan.

    The Duchess of Sussex's representatives are also understood to have complained on her behalf to Ofcom.

    Social media users criticised Piers and noted how his comments were in contrast with ITV's mental health campaign, Britain Get Talking, which is supported by charities such as Young Minds and Mind.

    A petition was launched to get him axed from the show.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    IS PIERS JOINING GB NEWS?

    Piers Morgan has become open for work after leaving Good Morning Britain on March 9, 2021.

    The presenter has not said whether he will join GB News, but Andrew Neil, the chairman of the new channel, said he would be "delighted" to explore this possibility.

    Mr Neil told the BBC: "Well, Piers would be a huge asset to GB News and we'll definitely look at that.

    "We haven't started any negotiations yet.

    "We would certainly be delighted to talk to him if he's up for it."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    "This is an absolute farce," it reads.

    "This man has stuck by our NHS when many others didn’t care including our government!

    "He confronts the politicians on questions many of us want answering!

    "He sponsored sir captain Tom £10,000 to start him off to support our NHS!

    "Please sign this petition and share it on, give him the support that he has given us as NHS workers!"

    Earlier this week a petition to "remove Piers Morgan from GMB" got 93,000 signatures – but the presenter laughed it off.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'I WON'T BE BACK'

    Piers Morgan has ruled out a return to Good Morning Britain after a petition to reinstate him passed 200,000 signatures.

    The broadcaster, 55, said the outpouring of support following his decision to quit the ITV show was a "pleasant surprise".

    Addressing the petition on Twitter, he wrote: "I won’t be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions. Normally, people start petitions to have me fired or deported, so this is a pleasant surprise."

    His loyal fans are pushing a petition called "save Piers Morgan from being sacked from GMB" after his shock resignation.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TALK ABOUT TENSION

    The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood “refused to apologize” on air after their blowout fight on Wednesday’s episode, The Sun can exclusively reveal. 

    Sharon, 68, got into an argument with Sheryl, 57, as she explained her decision to defend her friend Piers Morgan’s “freedom of speech” over his intense scrutiny of Meghan Markle over the years. 

    Amanda Kloots opened Thursday's episode of The Talk by addressing the fight, as she said: “We are a TV family here. Sometimes we argue like we did yesterday and sometimes we laugh, but we are back together again today and we are ready to start today's show!”

    The women then discussed show topics, as Sharon and Sheryl did not issue any apologies. 

    A source told The Sun both sides “refused to apologise.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEG-GAGGED

    Staff working behind the scenes on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview were allegedly forced to sign gagging orders to stay silent.

    Those on set during the chat with the freedom-loving royals – who spoke about having the chance to tell their story – said they had to sign NDAs so they couldn't tell theirs.

    Joe Pugliese, who took pictures of the interview, confirmed that he and others involved had signed gagging orders, adding: “Sorry I just can't talk about it. Harpo has this watertight.”

    Harpo Productions, Oprah’s company, produced the two-hour tell-all.

    NDAs are a normal practice in the industry – and are used in order to stop information from being leaked during exclusive TV interviews.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RINDER MIX

    Susanna Reid’s pal Rob Rinder is in the mix to replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.

    ITV bosses want to keep the chemistry she enjoyed with her controversial ex- anchor, who stormed off the show this week.

    Lawyer and TV host Rob is best known for his daytime reality courtroom show Judge Rinder. But the 42-year-old could be one of several presenters that producers will trial alongside Reid, 50, over the coming months.

    An insider said: “The dynamic between the two presenters would be instant because they have been good friends for years — even going on holiday together. Though he is often associated with light-entertainment shows, Rob is a no-nonsense lawyer who has the intellectual gravity to tackle any subject. And viewers know he will bring a flamboyant element to GMB as well as a sense of fun.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EXPLAINER – IS PIERS MORGAN JOINING GB NEWS?

    Piers Morgan has become open for work after leaving Good Morning Britain on March 9, 2021.

    The presenter has not said whether he will join GB News, but Andrew Neil, the chairman of the new channel, said he would be "delighted" to explore this possibility.

    Mr Neil told the BBC: "Well, Piers would be a huge asset to GB News and we'll definitely look at that.

    "We haven't started any negotiations yet.

    "We would certainly be delighted to talk to him if he's up for it."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'I WANTED HIM TO LISTEN'

    Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford spoke out about Piers Morgan's shock departure from the show in an emotional post today.

    Posting on social media today, Alex insisted there was no ill-feeling between the pair, saying: "I didn't want him to quit – but I did want him to listen."

    Alex wrote today: "There's so much that could be said. Piers' departure sincerely wasn't the conclusion I was hoping for. Over the last few years, Piers and I have had a lively, cheeky on-air relationship.

    "We both wanted to be on the show Tuesday morning and from our very public conversations on Twitter we both knew how strongly our opinions differed on the treatment of Harry and Meghan pre and post the interview that has split the world. I hoped we could reach a place of understanding. It's sad that we weren't able to get there but challenging his opinion was not an outrage. On this occasion, we have to agree to disagree.

    "I didn't want him to quit but I did want him to listen. Personally Piers has always supported my growth. He's given me advice on several occasions and for that I am grateful. I wish him well!"

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'WE AGREE TO DISAGREE'

    Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford has been pictured for the first time since Piers Morgan quit the ITV breakfast show.

    The 40-year-old weather expert "wished Piers well" as he went for a walk near his home in Bristol on Thursday.

    GMB weatherman Alex looked sharp in a navy suit, shirt and white converse as he got in his daily exercise around his neighbourhood.

    Looking solemn, he didn't smile for the cameras and avoided eye contact as he took some time away from the ITV studios.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'RIGHT ON THE MONEY''RIGHT ON THE MONEY'

    Piers Morgan's wife Celia Walden has poked fun at his Good Morning Britain exit with a hilarious parody video.

    His wife Celia certainly won't be used to seeing her husband in bed with her when she wakes up and she took to Instagram to share a hilarious video that shows just that.

    The footage, originally made by NME columnist Alexandra Haddow, shows the writer pretending to be Celia waking up yesterday (Wednesday) morning.

    When she finally managed to open her eyes, she was given a huge fright when she realised that someone else was in her bed.

    Alexandra wrote over the footage: "Piers Morgan's wife waking up this morning."

    For the video click here.

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