Piers Morgan: I believe in freedom of speech
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Piers Morgan, 55, decided it was time to leave Good Morning Britain on Tuesday after five years at the helm, following a series of scathing rants about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. With tensions still running high, the ITV host’s eldest son Spencer hit out at weather presenter Alex Beresford, after he challenged Piers on his behaviour towards the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ever since they decided to step down from their Royal duties.
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Spencer claimed Alex used the argument, which resulted in Piers storming out the studio, as a stepping stone to better his career.
Alex unleashed his fury during Tuesday morning’s show after the outspoken presenter said he “didn’t believe a word” Meghan said during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, despite admitting she had felt suicidal.
His comments sparked outrage from fellow celebrities, fans and mental health charities alike, and racked up 41,000 Ofcom complaints.
Following the dramatic events that unfolded midweek, Spencer gave a roundup of the his thoughts on Twitter.
He wrote: “Only direct thoughts on these:
“Harry/meg: stunning PR job, well played.
“Alex weatherman: always got on with him, can’t hate on a guy for taking such an easy chance to boost his career.
“Queen: [goat emoji – meaning Greatest Of All Time]
Finally he added: “The concept of debate: RIP.”
It comes after Alex warned Piers about the “power of his words” when it came to criticising the royals.
“I’m not saying that you’re a racist,” he told his co-star on Tuesday, who abruptly hit back: “Well, what are you saying?”
He continued: “I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle.
“You’ve made it so clear a number of times on this programme, and I understand that you had a personal relationship with Meghan and she cut you off.
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“Has she said anything about you after she cut you off? She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. And yet you continue to trash her.”
At this point, the GMB host stood up and walked away from the set, saying: “OK, I’m done with this.”
Alex shook his head as he continued: “Do you know what? That’s pathetic. This is absolutely diabolical behaviour.”
But The Sun reported that Piers has seemingly let bygones be bygones and wished Alex luck in his future, while also revealing that he and ITV “agreed to disagree” when it came to apologising for his remarks about Meghan, but insisted he and the broadcaster parted on “amicable terms”.
He continued: “I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion. If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s entirely their right.
“I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible.
“If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it.”
On what’s next for the notoriously opinionated telly star, he smiled: “I think it’s fair to say, although the woke crowd will think that they’ve cancelled me, I think they will be rather disappointed when I re-emerge.”
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