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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 🇬🇧 🇪🇺)
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 💙)
Others echoed this sentiment.
No great admirer of Piers Morgan!
He embodies hypocrisy, double standards and is a flat track… https://t.co/Js5TZciuEZ — Simon Jordan (@Simon Jordan)
. @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)
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)
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)
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)
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 🌹)
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)
“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)
How it started How’s it going https://t.co/vtuICbAJ7a — Darren Richman (@Darren Richman)
https://t.co/X9koyElkro — Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence)
Best. Birthday. Gift. Ever. https://t.co/7EWzLZPllu — Amon Warmann (@Amon Warmann)
Piers Morgan’s pronouns are was/were — Jodie Harsh (@Jodie Harsh)
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)
“ITV has accepted Piers Morgan’s decision and has nothing further to add.” https://t.co/0ju0imha8p — Pete Evans (@Pete Evans)
Cheerio 👋 https://t.co/BK8L4MYKMN — James McManus (@James McManus)
The UK after ten minutes of Good Morning Britain without Piers Morgan https://t.co/AUc3N1RgnV — Grace Robertson 🏳️⚧️ (@Grace Robertson 🏳️⚧️)
https://t.co/rTRdBJ82lD — Maggy (@Maggy)
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)
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)
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)
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)
https://t.co/J7PLrnGgEa https://t.co/CneY9EiVx8 — Accidental Partridge (@Accidental Partridge)
Replace Piers and Susanna with Bimini and Tayce https://t.co/tWkFQN95GY — . (@.)
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)
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