Piers Morgan has asked for his job back after Ofcom cleared Good Morning Britain of breaching the broadcasting code over his Meghan Markle comments.
The presenter’s dismissal of the Duchess of Sussex’s claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey in March sparked a record 58,000 complaints for the ITV show.
Meghan herself filed complaints with the regulator and ITV.
In the interview, the 40-year-old claimed her mental health concerns and suicidal thoughts were ignored by the royal family, and alleged that a member of the family was concerned about the colour of her unborn son’s skin.
Talking about her comments the following morning, Piers said: “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says.
“I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
Ofcom said his comments were “potentially harmful and highly offensive” but were adequately challenged by co-host Susanna Reid and ITV News’ royal editor Chris Ship during the programme.
The judgement said: “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.”
Following the ruling, 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?”
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He wrote in his Mail Online column: “This is not about me, or Meghan Markle.
“It’s about free speech and the right to have an opinion.
“We now live in a woke-ravaged era where it’s become a punishable offence to say what you really think about almost anything for fear that someone, somewhere, will be offended.”
In a statement, Ofcom said it was “a finely-balanced decision” and despite the outcome, the regulator has “reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future.
“ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”
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