Under-fire TV presenter Piers Morgan says he is finding out who his “true friends” are after his departure from UK breakfast show Good Morning Britain earlier this week.
Morgan left the show after controversial comments questioning the sincerity of Meghan Markle’s confessions in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In the much-publicised Oprah interview, Markle said the potential colour of baby Archie’s skin was mentioned by a member of the royal family prior to his birth, and that she had felt suicidal during her first pregnancy.
Morgan dubbed Meghan “Princess Pinocchio” in a tweet, and said he “did not believe a word she said” in the interview.
His comments prompted more than 41,000 complaints to Britain’s media regulator, which announced an investigation under its “harm and offence” rules.
Morgan walked off the set when confronted by co-worker Alex Beresford about his bias against Markle.
“And I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off,” Beresford said.
“Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her.”
The controversial presenter said his “fake friends” have abandoned him since the furore and he is finding out who his true friends are.
One of them appears to be reality TV star Sharon Osbourne, who took to Twitter to defend him.
She is one of few celebrities to do so, with many others, from Jameela Jamil to Ellen Barkin, taking to Twitter to criticise Morgan’s controversial statements.
“I am with you,” Osbourne wrote.
“I stand by you.
“People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
Morgan retweeted Osbourne’s message and thanked her for her support.
“When stuff like this happens, true friends run towards you, fake friends run away,” he wrote.
“I love Sharon Osbourne because she always stays true to herself.
“She knew she would get abused by the woke brigade for tweeting this – but she did it anyway because it is what she believes.”
Osbourne and Morgan have been friends for many years, with both appearing as judges on The X Factor.
But Osbourne’s support has some people calling for her to be sacked from her role on US show The Talk.
Viewers were left outraged when Osbourne pointed her finger and started yelling at presenter Sheryl Underwood, a black woman, demanding that she “educate” her on why some of Morgan’s past comments about the Duchess were racist.
“I will ask you again, Sheryl – I’ve been asking you during the break, and I’m asking you again. And don’t try and cry, because if anyone should be crying, it should be me,” Osbourne said.
“You tell me, educate me, when you have heard (Morgan) say racist things. Educate me! Tell me!”
“The same way The Royal Family, The Firm and Piers Morgan were dismissive to Harry and Meghan, Sharon just was dismissive to Sheryl while Sheryl was trying to speak. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen,” one person tweeted.
“This is Sharon Osbourne, telling a black woman not to cry and demanding a definition of racism, as she sobs over Piers Morgan who walked off his job bc a mixed black coworker calmly challenged his fixation on Meghan Markle,” another wrote.
“White women are something else. Your tears are weapons.”