Piers Morgan revealed the details of his dramatic departure from Good Morning Britain when he punched former colleague Alex Beresford along the way.
The controversial host walked off the set after being confronted by Alex about criticizing Meghan Markle.
He then quit the show altogether after refusing to bend over under increasing pressure from ITV bosses to apologize live through his comments.
Piers wrote in his Mail of Sunday column and lifted the lid on some very tense final days in the studio.
Piers recognized the support he received from Susanna Reid and Dr. Hilary, the TV woman, had received and revealed the frostiness herself and starred Alex, reports the Daily Mirror.
Piers referred to him as the “occasional GMB deputy” and made his opinion of his co-star very clear when covering his final show.
Piers accused Alex of “trying to make a name for himself” by attacking him live in the air – which particularly hurt him after claiming he “did everything” to give career advice to the host.
Shocked viewers had watched the couple become embroiled in an angry on-air exchange on fateful Tuesday after Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview aired that culminated in Piers stormed off the set.
The 55-year-old host has now announced that he had to leave to cool off, fearing he would say something he would bitterly regret when Alex “attacked” him.
Piers described Alex as “tense” and remembered the moment when his colleague attacked him with a “very personal attack”.
“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle. You made it so clear a few times in this program,” Alex told him.
“I understand that you have or had a personal relationship with Meghan Markle and she cut you off … she has the right to cut you off if she wants.
“Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she did, but you’re still killing her.”
Piers revealed, “As [Alex] delivered his censored talk, implying that my only motivation for not believing Ms. Markle’s outlandish interview claims was that she “ghosted” me four years ago after being kind for 18 months – I really didn’t care , but it was informative as to her character, especially when I saw her do the same to many other people, including her own father – I felt the steam rise inside me.
“I don’t mind outside guests trying to make a name for themselves by hitting me like that, but I wouldn’t sit there and take it off one of my own teams, especially someone I left off to help, when he asked me for advice about his career.
“When I realized I could say something I would regret, I decided to leave the studio to cool off.”
Piers reveals in his column that Alex was the only GMB employee who did not send him a message of support after he stepped down.
Earlier this week, Alex told viewers “it’s nice to be back” as he hosted the show with Kate Garraway.
“You had turbulent times too, Alex. It’s nice to have you here, it is very much,” Kate told him.
“It’s nice to be back,” Alex insisted.