Piers Morgan broke hours of silence after sensational quitting Hello Great Britain Tuesday – and the result is this: he does not back down.
In a tweet Wednesday morning UK time Morgan said: “On Monday I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her interview with Oprah. I’ve had time to think about this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill on which I am happy to die. Thanks for all the love and hate. I will spend more time with my opinions. “
He tweeted an image of former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill, alongside the quote: “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say whatever they like, but if someone says something back, it’s a scandal. “
Susanna Reid, co-host of Piers Morgan’s Good Morning Britain: “The shows go on and so on”
On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her interview with Oprah. I’ve had time to think about this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill on which I am happy to die. Thanks for all the love and hate. I will spend more time with my opinions. pic.twitter.com/bv6zpz4Roe
– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 10, 2021
It is not clear from his post whether he supports all of his comments about Meghan Markle. Morgan said on Monday he didn’t believe the Duchess of Sussex when she told Oprah Winfrey she felt suicidal while at Kensington Palace. On Tuesday, he clarified his point, explaining, “It’s not for me to wonder if she was feeling suicidal, I’m not on her mind and it’s for her to say it.
The Sun reported that ITV bosses wanted Morgan to apologize on air, but he refused and resigned Hello Great Britain. Her five-plus-year-old co-host Susanna Reid opened the show on Wednesday and addressed Morgan’s departure from the top, saying, “It will definitely be a lot different, but the shows go on and on and on. She didn’t apologize on Morgan’s behalf.
There is speculation in the UK press that Morgan will not be short of vacancies. Discovery-backed news channel GB News is said to be an admirer of the former CNN presenter and has shown it is willing to spend money on talent ahead of its launch later this year, hiring names, including former BBC presenter Andrew Neil. Rupert Murdoch is also planning to launch a British news channel, named News UK TV, and Morgan would sign a statement.