The real reason television presenter Piers Morgan quit Good Morning Britain has been revealed.
Morgan sensationally walked out on the morning television show amid a war of words with a fellow presenter about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
A source from the show’s broadcaster ITV told The Sun that Morgan resigned because channel executives wanted him to apologise live on air.
“He was asked to make an apology but refused. He says he is entitled to his opinion and is always going to stand by it,” they said.
“When he refused to apologise, there was a stand-off.
“And ultimately it ended with him telling producers he would not host the show anymore.”
The controversial host has been fierce in his criticism of Meghan over the last few years.
Following her interview with Oprah, Morgan spoke out against the Duchess of Sussex, making numerous strongly-worded comments about her claims.
He said he “didn’t believe a word” of the interview in which Meghan told Oprah she’d been experiencing suicidal thoughts.
The UK’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom received more than 41,000 complaints about Morgan’s comments.
Morgan has also copped a backlash online, as has ITV, which has its own mental health campaign called Get Britain Talking.
ITV presenter Alex Beresford confronted Morgan during the show, hinting that his vitriol might be personal.
“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.”
Morgan then got up and, while walking he was off set, said, “OK, I’m done with this, sorry, no, sorry … see you later, sorry, can’t do this.”
ITV later released a statement indicating Morgan had quit the network, rather than being fired.
“Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add,” the statement said.
Morgan seemingly confirmed he had quit amid the furore, hashtagging #TrustYourGut.
“Thinking of my late, great manager John Ferriter tonight. He’d have told me to do exactly the same thing. @GMB #TrustYourGut,” Morgan tweeted.