After days of criticism for his comments about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Piers Morgan sensationally decided to quit Good Morning Britain.
The outspoken presenter had aired many opinions on the royal couple following their interview with Oprah Winfrey many of which led to Ofcom receiving more than 40,000 complaints from viewers. An investigation has since been launched.
ITV had also reportedly spoken to Morgan about his comments and had reportedly asked for an on-air apology which he refused to make.
Morgan has worked on the show since 2015 and although already well known to the British public became a much more vocal character on a variety of issues including Covid-19 and Brexit.
On Wednesday morning’s show, the first episode without Morgan, his former co-host Susanna Reid, who admitted that she often disagreed with him, paid tribute.
Susanna Reid - #GMB is now going to be very different, but the show goes on. https://t.co/YGbqninT91— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺) 1615358290
He also received praise from Gary Lineker, one of Morgan’s frequent sparring partners on Twitter.
Whether it’s a football manager, a television presenter or any profession for that matter, it’s always sad when som… https://t.co/KZN2TI4e24— Gary Lineker 💙 (@Gary Lineker 💙) 1615315314
Others echoed this sentiment.
#gmb #piersmorgan No great admirer of Piers Morgan! He embodies hypocrisy, double standards and is a flat track… https://t.co/Js5TZciuEZ— Simon Jordan (@Simon Jordan) 1615359141
. @piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.— Sharon Osbourne (@Sharon Osbourne) 1615316276
Very sorry that @piersmorgan’s gone after brilliantly helping hold the Government to account over needlessly lost l… https://t.co/KdZ1G2DgiX— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin Maguire) 1615360231
You don't have to agree with someone to defend their right to give their opinion & not face Twitter mobs demanding… https://t.co/mFAGMauBv3— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@Julia Hartley-Brewer) 1615360948
Elsewhere, CNN’s Jake Tapper managed to get himself tied in knots trying to voice his disagreement with Morgan’s situation by launching a bizarre attack on Ofcom.
This is what happens when you live in a country where there is no First amendment. Insanity: Variety: ‘U.K. media… https://t.co/U1IJRzmUZU— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1615324432
Piers Morgan leaving GMB has nothing to do with the British government, I beg you, please do some basic research https://t.co/evmqUSwfLd— Owen Jones 🌹 (@Owen Jones 🌹) 1615326912
However, the overwhelming response was ‘good riddance’ as Twitter was soon awash with those rejoicing at his exit from our television screens. And yes, there were plenty of memes and jokes.
So far That Interview has taken out Piers Morgan & what’s left of the monarchy’s reputation & it’s barely Wednesday.— gabyhinsliff (@gabyhinsliff) 1615360674
“you won twitter. enjoy good morning britain i hope it makes you happy. dear lord what a sad little life twitter.” https://t.co/YoNPC2QwJo— joe (@joe) 1615314883
How it started How’s it going https://t.co/vtuICbAJ7a— Darren Richman (@Darren Richman) 1615314524
https://t.co/X9koyElkro— Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence) 1615309116
Best. Birthday. Gift. Ever. https://t.co/7EWzLZPllu— Amon Warmann (@Amon Warmann) 1615314372
Piers Morgan’s pronouns are was/were— Jodie Harsh (@Jodie Harsh) 1615318939
Piers reverting to type after a few months of “the worst person you know just made a great point” by shouting at To… https://t.co/1Uc6s8Z3ol— Dan (@Dan) 1615317106
“ITV has accepted Piers Morgan’s decision and has nothing further to add.” https://t.co/0ju0imha8p— Pete Evans (@Pete Evans) 1615314702
Cheerio 👋 https://t.co/BK8L4MYKMN— James McManus (@James McManus) 1615314466
The UK after ten minutes of Good Morning Britain without Piers Morgan https://t.co/AUc3N1RgnV— Grace Robertson 🏳️⚧️ (@Grace Robertson 🏳️⚧️) 1615358488
https://t.co/rTRdBJ82lD— Maggy (@Maggy) 1615275795
After Piers Morgan leaves Good Morning Britain, Labour frontbenchers frantically begin learning how to do their job.— Have I Got News For You (@Have I Got News For You) 1615385870
Dan Walker, perhaps mockingly, also offered Piers Morgan a chance to speak about what has happened on BBC Breakfast.
Sorry to hear the news about your departure from GMB @piersmorgan If you’d like to come on the UK’s number 1 brea… https://t.co/DSHG0wDQif— Dan Walker (@Dan Walker) 1615316358
Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess also waited eight years to settle a score with Morgan.
Night buddy x https://t.co/F5vukKnhX0— Tim Burgess (@Tim Burgess) 1615319781
It’s yet to be announced who will replace Morgan but the internet already has ideas.
Get Mr Blobby to replace Piers Morgan on GMB. Everyone still calls him Piers and acts like it's Piers Morgan. No on… https://t.co/Qa9kzazrYD— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) 1615315051
https://t.co/J7PLrnGgEa https://t.co/CneY9EiVx8— Accidental Partridge (@Accidental Partridge) 1615316425
Replace Piers and Susanna with Bimini and Tayce https://t.co/tWkFQN95GY— . (@.) 1615316974
Of course, Morgan had the last laugh tweeting that “freedom of speech is a hill that he is willing to die on” and that he’s “off to spend more time with his opinions.”
On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion,… https://t.co/tPnagFUnWp— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1615356680
We doubt we’ve seen the last of Mr Morgan...
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