Piers Morgan responds to ITV after the TV station said it won't take him back

Piers Morgan responds to ITV after the TV station said it won't take him back

British media personality, Piers Morgan has knocked ITV after the television station issued a statement saying that there are ‘no current plans’ to bring him back to Good Morning Britain after he was cleared by Ofcom over his comments about Meghan Markle.

Morgan has quit GMB after being heavily criticised for his remarks about the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, when he expressed doubt over her claim that she suffered suicidal thoughts.

It was reported at that time that the media personality ‘refused to apologise to Meghan on-air’, with sources claiming his refusal to apologise was the reason for his abrupt exit.

In its 97-page ruling, UK media regulator, Ofcom said that while Piers’ comments on Meghan did not breach the broadcasting code, the remarks were ‘potentially harmful and offensive’.

The statement read;

"This interview became a major international news story and we acknowledged it was both legitimate and in the public interest for ITV to broadcast debates featuring presenters such as Mr Morgan scrutinising those allegations including the veracity, timing and possible motivations of the claims.

"Consistent with the right to freedom of expression, broadcasters can portray strong views on the matter, including views casting doubt on the claims made.

"Ofcom is clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.

"The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.

"The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and audience.

“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.”Latest Post