Piers Morgan quits ITV after blasting Meghan Markle

High-profile British television personality Piers Morgan resigned from ITV on Tuesday after criticizing ex-royal Meghan Markle, The Hill reported.

“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain,” read an email from Morgan’s former employer on Tuesday afternoon, according to The Hill. “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

Morgan’s departure comes in the wake of an on-air argument with a co-host that culminated in Morgan storming off the set of Good Morning Britain.

Morgan walks off set

The incident began when co-host and weatherman Alex Beresford went after Morgan for a series of negative comments that Morgan had made about Markle.

“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle,” Beresford said. “You’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program, a number of times, and I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or you had one, and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to.”

Morgan had expressed skepticism over recent allegations that Markle made during an interview over the weekend with Oprah Winfrey.

The former Duchess alleged that she was the victim of racism at the hands of other royal family members, a contention that Morgan dismissed.

“Who did you go to?” Morgan said Monday after the interview. “What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.”

Morgan refuses to back down

The television host has refused to back down and later reiterated his remarks on Twitter, saying, “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview.”

“I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions,” he continued.

Morgan included a picture of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with a quote that read, “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back that is an outrage.”

Markle herself is facing allegations that she bullied staff members during her time in England. On Wednesday, the Palace announced it was opening a human resources investigation into the matter, Fox News reported.

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