Last night, it was announced British news presenter Piers Morgan would be leaving his role at Good Morning Britain after comments he made about Meghan Markle prompted complaints from over 40,000 viewers.
Following Markle and Prince Harry’s two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey, Morgan said he didn’t believe Markle’s claims that she experienced suicidal ideation. His comments immediately were slammed online, with many noting his stance was at odds with ITV’s mental health initiatives (ITV being the network which airs Good Morning Britain).
On Tuesday, Morgan stormed off air after his co-host, Alex Beresford, rightly called him for his comments about Markle. It was later announced Morgan had decided to leave the show to the joy of millions around the country.
Upon hearing the news, actress Jameela Jamil posted to Twitter, “May we NEVER have to watch minorities have to go on mainstream news and have to *defend* their right to be treated with dignity and respect… ever again. All while being screamed over by this man.”
The Good Place star went on to share that she had personally struggled with suicidal thoughts because of Morgan’s actions. “I almost killed myself a year ago because of Piers Morgan’s relentless campaign of lies and hatred against me last February,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m glad I’m still alive today for many reasons. But watching him leave GMB today is right up there and has me feeling…” Jamil continued, sharing a GIF of herself flipping her hair on the Emmys red carpet.
I almost killed myself a year ago because of Piers Morgan’s relentless campaign of lies and hatred against me last February. I’m glad I’m still alive today for many reasons. But watching him leave GMB today is right up there and has me feeling: pic.twitter.com/reygXIMhP9
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) March 9, 2021
Last February, following the death of Love Island host Caroline Flack, Morgan released an alleged text message from Flack which discussed Jamil. At the time, Jamil accused Morgan of “using a dead woman who I was friends with, as a weapon to try to create further harassment for me.”
As for Morgan’s hatred of Markle? It all comes down to a bruised ego. Before she met Prince Harry, Morgan and Markle—according to Morgan—struck up an online friendship off the back of her show, Suits. When she visited London, they allegedly met for a drink with Morgan saying on Good Morning Britain at the time, “My take on her was she’s very beautiful, she’s very intelligent, she’s 35, she’s been divorced, her dad’s white, her mum’s Black and she had some problems with that growing up.” He continued, “I was really impressed I thought she was a very nice woman, very suited to Harry and different, bi-racial, an actress.”
When Prince Harry and Markle announced their engagement in November 2017, Morgan tweeted: “Hearty congratulations, Harry, you picked a real keeper (even if your romance did destroy my beautiful friendship with the amazing Meghan Markle).” But when he didn’t get an invite to the royal wedding, Morgan’s stance completely changed. What followed were several years of relentless and public attacks on Prince Harry and Markle.