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Kate Garraway has defended her former co-host Piers Morgan after his shocking exit from Good Morning Britain.
ITV announced in a statement on Tuesday that Piers would not return to the show, after he said he did not believe Meghan Markle when she revealed she had 'suicidal thoughts' as a result of scrutiny from the media. His remarks received 41,000 Ofcom complaints.
The comments were taken in particularly poor taste for many, as ITV had launched its 'Get Britain Talking' campaign last year which aimed to encourage those suffering with their mental health to speak out about it in a bid to improve their wellbeing.
On Thursday's episode of Good Morning Britain, Kate defended her friend and his controversial opinions.
"That's the thing about Piers, he is very passionate and does fly kites and always comes from a place of authenticity, he always believes in what he says and he's left," she said.
"'He's decided to quit and, as he says, fall on the sword of free speech, but as you rightly say I've known him a long time before he started working on this show and our friendship will go on, our personal friendship.
"He's been very supportive of me personally. It's a different show but the show goes on."
Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shepherd also discussed Piers' exit and his comments about Meghan's mental health. He added: "As Susanna said yesterday that's absolutely crucial and it's crucial that we appreciate and understand that right now particularly in the middle of a pandemic and what we've seen our frontline nurses and doctors going through, and the concern of the mental health impact of that.
"The debate and concern about mental health is something that we take very seriously and is hugely important to all of us."
Dr Hilary Jones also defended Piers, he said: "I had my spats with Piers, he took politicians to account, he probed, pushed and I think he did champion the little people, the people who had no voice."