Piers Morgan confirms he quit GMB after refusing to apologise over Meghan comments and bad sleep left him ‘agitated’
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Piers Morgan has opened up on his departure from Good Morning Britain following the row over his comments about Meghan Markle in his latest column for the Mail on Sunday.
Piers quit the ITV breakfast show on 9th March, just one day after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah Winfrey interview aired.
The 55 year old star has now confirmed that he quit the ITV morning show after he refused to apologise for his comments about not believing Meghan’s claims in the interview, which ha sparked the highest number of complaints to Ofcom ever.
Piers admitted that before presenting the show on Tuesday, he had "a bad night of broken sleep" which left him "tired and agitated”.
Viewers saw Piers storming off set during a row with Alex Beresford on Tuesday morning, with Piers writing that his colleague "launched into a very personal attack" on him.
The opinionated host said he decided to leave the studio to cool down and not say something that he might regret.
It was in the afternoon that Kevin Lygo, ITV's Director of Television, rang Piers to tell him that he must issue an apology over his comments, or leave the show.
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He wrote: "Oh s**t. This must be more serious than I thought. Mid-afternoon, Kevin Lygo, ITV's Director of Television, who I'd spoken to several times since yesterday, rang to say we were now 'on the cliff edge' and either I apologised, or I would have to leave GMB.
"And even if I did apologise, that wouldn't be the end of it. The woke brigade would keep coming for me, demanding I apologise for everything else they find offensive – which of course, is absolutely everything."
Piers revealed he took time to think about what to do and spoke to some trusted friends, before coming to his decision.
He wrote: "I called Kevin back, said I wouldn't be apologising, and we agreed I'd leave GMB with immediate effect.
Unsurprisingly, once the news broke, Piers’ phone was inundated with texts and emails and he wrote that it was "interesting to see who contacts you in such moments, or publicly supports you, and even more interesting to note who doesn't."
Piers admitted that his co-host Susanna Reid's "frosty" statement about his sudden departure, which she read out the morning after he quit, surprised him.
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He wrote: "I got an instant flurry of new texts from bemused friends asking if we'd fallen out. We haven't.
"But I suspect Susanna's feeling angry and sad at me leaving just when the show's soared to new audience heights, concerned for her own future, fearful of troll abuse for publicly backing me (she's had a repulsive barrel-load of that over the years just for sitting next to me), and general discombobulation at the dramatic turn of events."
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