Piers Morgan arrives at Tric Awards before picking up best News Presenter
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Piers Morgan took to Twitter last night to hit back at a comment made by an ITV boss regarding his Good Morning Britain exit earlier this year. The 56-year-old presenter famously quit the show in March after saying that he didn’t believe a word Meghan Markle said during her interview with Oprah Winfrey and subsequently had a fallout with his co-star Alex Beresford, which saw him walk off the set.
The scenes caused outrage among viewers and were investigated by TV regulator Ofcom, who later cleared the show of any wrongdoing.
When asked if Piers could return to the show following the ruling, Dame Carolyn McCall told the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention: “I will just say that we vigorously defended both the programme and Piers to Ofcom, and the reason we didn’t get pulled up by them is because of the programme making.”
There is “no way we wouldn’t be absolutely not just endorsing but championing freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” the Daily Mail reports she added.
Piers shared a newspaper headline featuring her quotes online, in view of his eight million followers, and asked: “So why did I have to leave?”
Many took to the comments section of his post to share their thoughts on the matter.
“You didn’t have to leave, you walked out because the weatherman challenged your opinion on something,” Twitter user Jordanthomas95 wrote.
Sharing a similar thought, user JMWhit6 said: “You literally walked off the set, after getting called out by your co-host, and quit… your choices.”
“Though I don’t always agree with Piers, I think he’s entitled to his opinion. After all she says what she wants so why can’t he say what he wants,” user PRoberts2019 added.
Earlier this year, Ofcom concluded that Piers was within his rights to share his views as he was challenged by his co-stars.
Their statement read: “The interview between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey contained some serious allegations and it was legitimate for this programme to discuss and scrutinise those claims including their veracity.
“Ofcom is clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Sussex’s allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.”
It went on to say that restricting views, even those which could be “potentially harmful or highly offensive” would be a “chilling restriction on freedom of expressions”.
At the time, Good Morning Britain received over 50,000 complaints regarding Piers’ remarks.
It became one of the most complained about moments on TV this year.
However, yesterday Piers questioned why his freedom of speech was questioned when the show continues to feature far more controversial figures.
Following an interview yesterday with Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join Islamic State, he tweeted: “Interesting times we live in when an ISIS terror bride is allowed to exercise her right to freedom of speech on @GMB but I wasn’t…”
Despite leaving the show in March, Piers was awarded a TRIC Award for his continued hard work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
He won the News Presenter of the Year accolade at the London ceremony, beating his former co-host Susanna Reid and BBC newsreader Huw Edwards.
When he took to the stage to collect his trophy, Piers invited the GMB star to share the award with him.
Piers said he had developed “close bonds” with his colleague during the pandemic so “felt it was right to share with Susanna”.
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