Piers Morgan, the aggressive broadcaster, spectacularly gave up his job hosting a popular UK morning television show after harshly criticizing Meghan Markle for her allegations of racism and royal isolation.
Morgan came under fire for his ruthless criticism of Markle following the interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in the UK on Monday night after appearing on US television on Sunday.
Morgan said Monday he "didn't believe a word she said" and added, "I wouldn't believe it if she read me a weather report." UK communications agency Ofcom received more than 41,000 complaints about Morgan's repeated criticism of Markle.
On the Good Morning Britain program, colleague Alex Beresford said Morgan doesn't like Markle stop talking to him. "She has the right to cut you off if she wants," said Beresford. This is a reference to Morgan's own description of his very brief association with the Duchess of Sussex, in which the two met for friendly drinks and then Markle never spoke to him again.
Morgan then stormed off the set.
He will never come back.
ITV, the broadcaster, issued a statement saying: "After speaking with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided that now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain."
"ITV accepted this decision and nothing else to add."
The news excited some on Twitter.
Prior to the announcement, Morgan had his own characterization of this behavior.
It's been an eventful 24 hours for ITV
which broadcasts "Good Morning Britain" and shows the Oprah interview. ITV reported adjusted earnings per share of 22% for 2020 on a 16% decline in sales. ITV also said it would wait to resume dividend payments.
ITV expects 2021 to be a better year – it expects ad revenue to grow 8% in March and up to 75% in April, as most of its programming is now back in production. ITV expects programs like the delayed Euro 2020 soccer tournament and the return of Love Island to stimulate advertising demand.