PIERS Morgan dramatically quit Good Morning Britain after ITV bosses asked him to publicly apologise under the pressure of more than 40,000 Ofcom complaints.
The TV host, 55, resigned after senior execs said they wanted him to say sorry on air following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford, 40, over Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Piers stormed off set during the huge row with his GMB co-star on Tuesday morning after Alex criticised for his reaction to Meghan’s claims she contemplated suicide and was racially abused by the royal family.
His co-host Susanna Reid, 50, was seen in tears yesterday after a series of heated meetings at ITV’s studios in Television Centre, West London.
Broadcasting regulator Ofcom revealed on Tuesday they had received 41,015 complaints about Monday’s episode of the show, prompting them to launch an investigation under their “harm and offence rules”.
An ITV source said: “Piers was not going to back down.
“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.
“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.
“His contract was coming to an end this year anyway, but he said he wouldn’t do the job unless it was on his terms.
“Unfortunately there were also a lot of concerns raised with the GMB production team too.
The source added: “It’s been a very difficult 24 hours for Susanna too.
“She’s exceptionally close to Piers, but is now left holding the baby.
“She also doesn’t want to look like in staying silent she just condones his behaviour as she often disagrees with him, but respects his right to have an opinion.”
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“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
She also alleged an unnamed member of the royal family had raised concerns about her son Archie’s skin colour because Meghan is biracial.