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Piers Morgan leaves ITV over Meghan backlash

Piers Morgan has left his role as co-host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain to stand by his comments that Meghan Markle’s accusations of racism and discrimination against her son Archie by the monarchy are “completely untrue”.

The Good Morning Britain host’s controversial opinions resulted in the media Watchdog OfCom launching an investigation after receiving over 41,000 complaints.

When asked by reporters how the conversation about his departure went with ITV, Morgan claimed that it was “perfectly amicable” and that they “agreed to disagree”.

He also expressed that “if he had to fall on his sword by expressing an honestly held opinion… so be it”.

On Tuesday Morgan stormed off set after an on-air clash with co-presenter Alex Beresford over Meghan’s revelations about her mental health issues and suicidal thoughts in the interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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The mental health charity Mind, who partner on ITV’s Campaign for Mental Wellness, issued a statement saying that that are “disappointed and concerned” that Morgan did not believe Meghan and that it is “vital” that claims of ill mental health should always be treated with “dignity, respect and empathy”.

In response to the backlash Morgan made clear his position on mental illness and suicide.

In his final appearance as co-host on Good Morning Britain, he said “these are clearly extremely serious things that should be taken extremely seriously, and if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and help they need every time.”

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