One fateful night in July 2016, TV presenter Piers Morgan took a pint of bitter and an outdoors table at the Scarsdale Arms in Kensington, West London.
He was joined there, under the pub’s well known cascading hanging baskets, by U.S. starlet Meghan Markle– a complete stranger who had approached him on Twitter, looking for friendship and the possibility to network throughout a check out to London.
She bought a filthy Martini cocktail. Over the 90 minutes which followed, Meghan informed Piers her biography– her university degree, a stint as a briefcase girl on Offer Or No Deal, and her hopes and dreams.
She hoped, she said, to come on his show, Great Early morning Britain, to promote her TV drama, Suits, one day.
He was charmed by her beauty and her megawatt smile, and impressed by her poise and intelligence.
‘ She’s strikingly beautiful, intelligent (she has two degrees, in theatre and international relations) and has a fun, spirited personality that flits quickly between major and unimportant topics,’ he noted approvingly in his column.
Then she disappeared in a taxi to satisfy pals for dinner– who then presented her to Prince Harry.
The following night, Meghan and the Prince had their very first date at Soho House, and the rest is history.
Morgan never spoke with Meghan Markle again.
Pictured: Piers Morgan takes his daughter Elise to school in West London on Wednesday. Morgan lost his ₤ 1 million-a-year job on ITV’s Good Morning Britain after Meghan complained to ITV over remarks he had made about her following her interview with Oprah Winfrey
Now, Piers has actually lost his ₤ 1 million-a-year task on ITV’s Excellent Early morning Britain after Meghan herself grumbled to ITV over remarks he had made about her following her interview with Oprah Winfrey– remarks Piers has declined to apologise for. He called her Princess Pinocchio and stated he didn’t think her account of feeling suicidal while pregnant with Archie.
It emerged yesterday that, post-Oprah, Meghan emailed the CEO of ITV, Dame Carolyn McCall, previously of the Left-leaning Guardian paper, to state she was worried by what Piers had actually said.
According to a briefing given to journalism Association, Meghan stated she was ‘not upset personally’, however was stressed over how his comments could affect individuals handling their own psychological illness.
This intervention– one grievance among 41,000 made– will have weighed heavily with McCall.
Not least since just a couple of days earlier, she had actually validated offering Oprah ₤ 1 million for the UK rights to transmit Meghan’s interview.
She then relaxed and awaited a treasure trove of riches to drizzle down on the ITV network thanks to marketing that was sold throughout the two-hour program.
And now here was the subject of that extremely interview complaining about being traduced on air on the very same network.
That sufficed to boot Piers off Great Morning Britain, after five years in which he had helped to turn its fortunes around from an alarming underdog of a show into a programme which has finally overtaken BBC Breakfast in the scores. Watching has folded the previous 2 years, largely due to Piers’s outspoken views.
Currently, ITV shares have dropped by nearly 5 percent.
Was what Piers stated unsympathetic? Certainly. Provocative? Without a doubt. Nevertheless, his view is that it is his opinion, and he must be enabled to reveal it– whatever offense may be caused. Instead, he has been, a minimum of momentarily, silenced by Meghan.
The paradox, naturally, is that just recently Meghan was grumbling about how helpless she felt in the UK media landscape, and how she had been ‘silenced’.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan, imagined together in 2018 in ITV’s Great Early morning Britain studio
Facing TELEVISION cameras on his doorstep, Piers cheerfully stated yesterday: ‘If I need to fall on my sword for revealing a truthfully held viewpoint about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she brought out because interview, so be it. I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen, at a time when Prince Philip is depending on healthcare facility, is massive and frankly contemptible.’
In private, he’s told buddies he believes personal feelings are involved on her side. ‘Meghan saw a possibility to take me down,’ he told one pal. ‘She has cancelled me. It is an outrageous thing to do.’ I can expose that Piers was also not notified that Meghan was one of those who had grumbled to ITV– just discovering the other day after he had already left.
He informed friends: ‘She’s grumbled to my bosses and I was sacked, which is an outrageous thing to do. She wants to be able to speak her truth, however I am not able to speak mine. My rights to have an opinion are being censored.’
Piers, who has explained his on-screen personality as ‘a little bit of a pantomime bad guy’, however is typically very popular amongst GMB personnel, last year released a book called Wake Up: Why The World Has Gone Nuts– waging war on woke.
An expert said: ‘Piers feels it boils down to whether he is entitled to have a viewpoint about the veracity of what she said.
‘ His view is that the problem with these “woke fights” is that you can not prostrate yourself enough. You can not apologise enough.
‘ People bay for blood and Piers wasn’t prepared to do anymore than that. It comes down to whether Piers has the right to disbelieve her.
‘ A lot of the media do not think her, and polls recommend a lot of the British public don’t either. Should he be cancelled for that?
‘ Sadly, ITV has actually become a location of a million woke micro-aggressions. It has positioned itself as a champ of psychological health. It became too challenging to have somebody with his inflammatory design on a news programme.
‘ The woke brigade are utilizing mental health as a stick to come after anyone they disagree with.’
Piers Morgan (centre) talks to press reporters as he walks his child Elise to school in Kensington, main London, the early morning after it was revealed by broadcaster ITV that he was leaving as a host of Excellent Morning Britain. Image date: Wednesday March 10
Experts at ITV likewise state that what has occurred this week needs to be considered through the prism of the broadcaster’s level of sensitivities and is sorry for over the suicide of Love Island presenter Caroline Flack in 2015.
‘ ITV simply can not have a young, pregnant female appearing she is being bullied over mental health concerns,’ states a source.
‘ Caroline Flack’s death, and the criticism which came ITV’s way has made them really delicate. Yes, Piers has altered the face of breakfast TV, however that sort of tone over that topic wasn’t appropriate to them.’
The seeds of the Piers crisis go back to 2018, when he began to exhibit a displeasure towards Meghan, a lady who had actually pled him for a bit of attention, however then overlooked him as below her from then on.
Piers took regular potshots at her on GMB. He mused: ‘She is somebody I believed I was quite matey with and “bang”, she fulfilled somebody more crucial which was it.’
He criticised her over the personal christening of Archie, over her broken relationship with her dad, and over Harry’s complaints over ‘racist’ Press protection. Piers stated she and Harry were ‘the 2 most ruined brats in history’.
There was more ire revealed over Megxit, and her interview with Oprah– both its timing and contents. He called it ‘repellent, destructive self-serving rubbish’– the remarks that have cost him his job.
On Monday morning, after the interview had actually aired in the U.S., a clip was played of Meghan discussing her psychological health problems. Piers said: ‘I don’t think a word she says.’ He included: ‘I would not think it if she read me a weather forecast.’
The psychological health charity Mind connected with ITV to reveal its issues.
Piers spoke to ITV CEO McCall and director of programs, Kevin Lygo, on Monday afternoon and it was agreed he should clarify his remarks.
On Tuesday, he stated on air: ‘When we talked about this yesterday, I stated as an all-inclusive thing I don’t think what Meghan Markle is stating generally in this interview, and I still have severe issues about the accuracy of a lot of what she said.
Morgan reinvented himself as a TV character on Britain’s Got Talent and Celeb Apprentice, and as a celeb recruiter, taking over from Larry King in the U.S. before returning to the UK to become an intriguing and divisive figure on Excellent Early morning Britain together with Susanna Reid (right).
‘ However let me just state for the record … on mental disorder and suicide, these are plainly extremely severe things … and if somebody is feeling that way they ought to get the treatment and the help they need. Whenever.
‘ And if they belong to an organization like the Royal Household and they go and look for that assistance, they ought to definitely be offered it.
‘ It’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal, I am not in her mind and that is for her to say. My real issue was a shock, honestly– and I’m ready to be shown incorrect on this, and if I’m wrong it is a scandal– that she went to a senior member of the Royal family and told them she was self-destructive, and was told she could not have any aid due to the fact that it would be a bad search for the family. If that holds true a) that person must be fired; and b) the Royal Family have serious concerns that need to be addressed.’.
Nevertheless, this clarification was not felt to be contrite enough.
Insiders say that after the program, when Piers briefly stormed off after being criticised by weather condition presenter Alex Beresford, he was asked to apologise as soon as again on air on Wednesday– and refused.
At this moment, he and ITV agreed that he should leave the program. He said: ‘I had an excellent chat with ITV and we agreed to disagree. I’m simply going to take it easy and see how we go. I believe in liberty of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have a viewpoint. If individuals want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s their right.’.
He’s now silently negotiating with ITV over his agreement, which had another year left to run. He likewise provides an effective Life Stories TV interview program and is a columnist for MailOnline.
With 7.8 million Twitter fans and numerous friends amongst the media elite, it’s a sure thing he won’t stay cancelled for long.
Speculation is raging that he will take a brand-new task at GB News, an upcoming British TELEVISION news channel due to introduce this year.
Definitely, he is the king of comebacks. Having actually been plucked from’s showbusiness column to modify the News of the World, aged only 28, he made a dreadful howler, intruding into the personal privacy of Princess Diana’s sister-in-law, Victoria, Countess Spencer, when it reported on her stay in a clinic.
He hung on to his job, and went to the Daily Mirror, where he endured a share-tipping scandal prior to finally being sacked after releasing fabricated pictures, claiming to reveal British soldiers abusing an Iraqi detainee.
He’s because reinvented himself as a TELEVISION personality on Britain’s Got Talent and Celebrity Apprentice, and as a star interviewer, taking over from Larry King in the U.S. prior to returning to the UK to end up being an intriguing and divisive figure on Excellent Early morning Britain together with Susanna Reid.
The other day, Reid stated: ‘He lacks doubt an outspoken, difficult, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster.
‘ He has lots of critics and he has many fans. You will know I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview. He himself clarified his comments about her mental health on the program yesterday.
‘ There are numerous voices on GMB and everyone has their say. Today Piers has actually decided to leave the program. Some of you may cheer and others may boo.
‘ He has actually been my presenting partner, Monday to Wednesday, for more than 5 years, and during Brexit and the pandemic and other concerns, he has been a voice for many of you and a voice many of you have actually railed against.
‘ It is definitely going to be very different, but shows go on and so on we go.’.
ITV’s Lorraine Kelly told The One Show it was ‘certainly going to be quieter’ without Morgan, adding: ‘It will be calmer.’.
Piers said: ‘I believe it’s fair to say, although the woke crowd will think that they have actually cancelled me, I believe they will be rather disappointed when I reappear. I would call it a temporary hibernation.’