ITV boss ‘vigorously’ defended Piers Morgan to Ofcom in the wake of Meghan Markle comment storm


PIERS Morgan’s former boss at ITV insists she “vigorously” defended him all by way of a watchdog probe into his views on Meghan Markle.

The TV firebrand confronted an Ofcom investigation after telling Good Morning Viewers he did not take into consideration the duchess – labelling her “Princess Pinocchio”.

Piers Morgan has clapped as soon as extra after his outdated boss claims ITV fought for him all by way of his Ofcom investigation. He was cleared by the watchdogCredit: Getty

Now chief govt Carolyn McCall says ITV fought for Piers – regardless of the presenter blasting his outdated employers after he was cleared.

Piers’ options sparked a file 50,000 complaints after he accused Meghan of mendacity all by way of her bombshell chat with Oprah in March.

He later left the present when he was allegedly ordered to apologise to the royal.

However, regardless of the intervention of Meghan herself – who complained straight to his bosses – Piers was cleared by Ofcom earlier this month.

In their verdict, the watchdog warned: “The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience.”

Speaking at the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention final night time, Dame Carolyn defended ITV’s response to the drama.

She acknowledged: “I will just say that we vigorously defended both the programme and Piers to Ofcom, and the reason we didn’t get pulled up by them is because of the programme making.”

And she acknowledged there’s “no way” ITV would not be “absolutely not just endorsing, but championing, freedom of speech and freedom of expression”.

But Piers has already hit out – posting on Twitter: “So why I did have to leave?”

Meanwhile, Dame Carolyn was requested whether or not or not or not he may return to his job – nonetheless acknowledged he is resigned and stepped away from ITV.

But she educated her viewers Piers could also be “working on some global platform any day soon”.

The spat is simply the newest salvo between the presenter and his outdated channel.


Following Ofcom’s verdict, ITV acknowledged Piers’ co-star Susanna Reid, in addition to “programme makers”, had offered the “balance and context” that was “key in mitigating against the potential for harm and offence caused by Piers”.

But the 56-year-old acknowledged in a livid tweet: “Hmmm, ITV have merely put out an announcement saying I solely acquired the ⁦Ofcom⁩ case in the route of Princess Pinocchio as a result of of this of my colleagues expressed completely completely completely different opinions to mine.

“That’s not what the Ofcom⁦⁩ report says in its conclusion. I suggest ITV reads it again.”

And he hit out as quickly as further in a column for MailOnline.

He wrote: “I used to be reliably educated merely today that Meghan Markle wrote straight to my ITV boss, Dame Carolyn McCall, the night time before I used to be pressured out, demanding my head on a plate.

“Apparently, she burdened that she was writing to Dame Carolyn personally as a result of of this of they’d been each ladies and moms, a nauseating having enjoyable with of the gender and maternity card if ever there was one.

Meghan wrote to my boss the night time before I used to be pressured out demanding my head on a plate

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“What has the world come to when a whiny, fork-tongued actress can dictate who presents a morning television news programme?”

In their judgement, Ofcom acknowledged the options made by Piers had been “potentially harmful and offensive”.

However, they in the end dominated that GMB was not in breach the broadcasting code.

Meghan complained after Piers acknowledged he did not take into consideration her claims to have had components collectively collectively along with her psychological properly being, or that she was suicidal when pregnant with Archie.

In the Oprah interview, Meghan educated how life as a royal turned insufferable and he or she “didn’t want to be alive anymore”.

But talking all by way of a present broadcast the day after the chat aired, Piers ranted: “I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe a weather report if she read it.

“The fact she has expressed an onslaught against our Royal Family is contemptible.”

It’s been a tempestuous week for Piers – even by his requirements – after he turned embroiled in a surreal row with Nicki Minaj.

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The rapper mocked the presenter, Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty in a Twitter blast – before labelling Laura Kuenssberg a “dumbo” who “can’t read”.

The weird tirade started after the Chief Medical Officer referred to as her spurious claims about the vaccine “ridiculous” and “strange”.

And it turned even weirder when Piers obtained concerned, calling Nicki “one of the rudest little madams I’ve ever met”.

She responded: “Sir, I’ve never met you. I know… we all look alike.”

But he fired as soon as extra: “Madam, we met on America’s Got Talent when you appeared as a guest act – but you refused to say hello to my three young sons because you were ‘too busy’.

“Oh, and it’s ‘Piers’ – I know, we Brit names all sound alike.”

Dame Carolyn said ITV 'vigorously defended' both Piers and GMB
Dame Carolyn acknowledged ITV ‘vigorously defended’ each Piers and GMBCredit: Rex Features
Piers stepped down from GMB after Meghan complained directly to chiefs over comments he made following her Oprah chat
Piers stepped down from GMB after Meghan complained straight to chiefs over options he made following her Oprah chatCredit: Reuters

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