ITV bosses have ‘no plans’ to bring back Piers Morgan after he’s cleared over Meghan Markle remarks
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ITV bosses have reportedly dismissed the idea of bringing Piers Morgan back to present Good Morning Britain after Ofcom cleared him over his remarks about Meghan Markle earlier this year.
The journalist, 56, made Ofcom history as his rants about the Duchess of Sussex became the most complained about moment on TV, with a total of 57,121 complaints.
Meghan, 40, was amongst those who complained to the regulator about Piers' comments. The former GMB host sensationally stormed off the GMB set and later quit the show following his rants.
However, Ofcom has since ruled that Piers' comments have not broken any of the regulator's rules.
Once he won the Ofcom battle, Piers tweeted: "I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue. This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios.
"Do I get my job back?"
It appears he won't though as ITV told MailOnline that they "have no current plans to invite him to present Good Morning Britain".
OK! Online has approached ITV for further comment.
Following the news, ITV released a statement, which read: "We welcome the Ofcom ruling that Good Morning Britain did not breach the broadcast standards relating to harm and offence.
"The ruling sets out clearly that it was the balance and context the programme makers provided which was key in mitigating against the potential for harm and offence which could have been caused by Piers Morgan’s comments."
Unimpressed with this, Piers tweeted once more: "Hmmm, ITV have just put out a statement saying I only won the @Ofcom case against Princess Pinocchio because my colleagues expressed different opinions to mine.
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"That’s not what the @Ofcom report says in its conclusion. I suggest ITV reads it again."
Ofcom ruled in favour of Piers, explaining: "The interview between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey contained serious allegations and it was legitimate for this Programme to discuss and scrutinise those claims inglcuing their veracity.
"Ofcom is clear that, consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say be disbelieved the Duke and Duchess' allegations and to told and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.
"The Code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.
"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."
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