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Piers Morgan will not return to host Good Morning Britain, despite petitions with a combined total of almost 200,000 signatures calling on him to do so.
The journalist decided to leave the ITV breakfast programme on Tuesday, as he faced widespread criticism for recent comments about Meghan Markle.
Sharing a Daily Mail article on the petitions on Twitter, Morgan wrote: “I won’t be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions.
“Normally, people start petitions to have me fired or deported, so this is a pleasant surprise.”
One petition, with more than 132,000 signatures at the time of writing, called on Good Morning Britain to keep the presenter for his “common sense approach to life”.
“He’s also funny! He’s not afraid to speak out and says what a lot of us are thinking,” its description reads.
Another, which has passed 32,000 signatures, claims that the way ITV have treated Piers Morgan “after he saved one of their failing shows” has been “appalling”.
I won’t be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions. Normally, people start petitions to h… https://t.co/6zClKah969 — Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)
Creator Sean Browne wrote: “[ITV] have thrown him under the bus and allowed him to be bullied by a colleague on air. Piers has turned the show into the most talked about show on ITV.
“He was the only person who spoke on behalf of viewers during the pandemic and now he’s been bullied by the snowflakes all for speaking the truth. BRING PIERS BACK ITV.”
While Morgan has said he will no longer appear on Good Morning Britain, the presenter has hinted a TV comeback at some point, calling his departure a “temporary hibernation”.
He told journalists on Wednesday: “Although the woke crowd [...] they think that they’ve cancelled me, I think they’ll be disappointed when I reemerge.”
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