The now mum-of-two told Winfrey that she was ignored when raising concerns about her mental health and alleged that racist comments had been made before the birth of her son Archie.
Morgan responded to one clip of Meghan revealing that she’d had suicidal thoughts during the now notorious GMB broadcast, saying: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says.
“I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
ITV announced Morgan had left the show on the evening of March 9, shortly after Ofcom said it had launched an investigation under its harm and offence rules.
The episode on March 8 became the most complained about moment in Ofcom’s history.
Announcing its ruling on September 1, the regulator acknowledged that Morgan’s comments were “potentially harmful and offensive”. However, it also said it “took full account of freedom of expression”, acknowledging that, under its rules, “broadcasters can include controversial opinions”.
Ofcom’s summary of its decision is as follows: “This programme focused on the interview between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“It contained statements about suicide and mental health which had the potential to be harmful and highly offensive.
“However, our decision is that overall the programme contained sufficient challenge to provide adequate protection and context to its viewers. We also considered that the comments about race in the programme could have been potentially highly offensive, but that the comments were sufficiently contextualised. Therefore, our decision is that the programme did not breach the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.”
It continued: “This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them.
“But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.
“Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”
How have Morgan and the rest of the public responded?
Following the ruling, Morgan tweeted: “I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue. This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios.”
He then added (presumably as a joke): “Do I get my job back?”
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