Piers Morgan described the Duchess of Sussex’s comments as “contemptuous” in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Speaking outside his home in London after leaving Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, the presenter described his departure from the program as “amicable”. He added, “I had a good chat with ITV and we agreed not to agree.”
Morgan added, “I’ll just take it easy and see how we do.
“I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to have an opinion. If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s totally their right.
“I believe almost nothing that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she did to the British monarchy and the Queen at a time when Prince Philip was in the hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible.
“If I have to fall on my sword to express an honest opinion about Meghan Markle and the bilge shame she came out with in this interview, so be it.”
Morgan said, “I think it’s fair to say, although the crowd that woke up will think they canceled me, I think they’ll be pretty disappointed when I show up again.”
“I would call it a temporary hibernation.”
He added that he is “always in conversation with people”.
When asked what he would say to Good Morning’s UK colleague Alex Beresford, with whom he had a heated debate during Tuesday’s show, Morgan said, “Good luck to him.”
On Wednesday morning, the journalist said on Twitter that he still doesn’t believe what Meghan said to the US chat show host.
He tweeted: “On Monday I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to ponder that opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I love to die on.
“Thank you for all the love and hate. I will spend more time with my opinions. “
Susanna Reid said Good Morning Britain will be “very different” but “shows go on” as she turned to her co-host’s exit, pointing to its often divisive presence.
When she opened the program on Wednesday, she said, “Some people will know the news and many of you will not and will be surprised that Piers Morgan is not here this morning.
“Well, Piers and I disagreed on a lot of things, and that dynamic was one of the things that viewers loved about the program.
“He is without a doubt an outspoken, challenging, sensitive and disruptive broadcaster.
“He has a lot of critics and he has a lot of fans. You will know that I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview. He himself made his comments about her sanity clear on the show yesterday. “
Piers Morgan laughs as he speaks to reporters outside his Kensington home in central London (Jonathan Brady / PA)
Reid said there are “many voices” on Good Morning Britain and “everyone has the floor”.
She added, “But now Piers has decided to leave the program. Some of you like to cheer and some like to boo.
“He has been my presentation partner from Monday to Wednesday and during Brexit, the pandemic and other problems for more than five years. He was a voice for many of you and a voice that many of you railed against.
“It will be very different for sure, but the shows go on and so on.”
Ranvir Singh, Reid’s co-host for the morning, replied, “Well said.”
She described Morgan as a “great figure” and said “many viewers will be absolutely disappointed”.
Singh called Morgan “Marmite” and recognized his role in the success of Good Morning Britain.
On Tuesday morning, ITV executive director Dame Carolyn McCall said the broadcaster’s media and entertainment executive Kevin Lygo had spoken to Morgan over the past few days about his coverage of the Harry and Meghan interview.
In a media call following the group’s annual results released on Tuesday, Dame Carolyn insisted that Good Morning Britain was a “balanced show” saying, “ITV has many votes and we try to have many votes every day. It’s not about an opinion. “
On Morgan’s comments on not believing the Duchess of Sussex, she said, “I fully believe what she (Meghan) said. It is important that everyone do it. “