Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford Breaks Silence On Piers Morgan Quitting
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Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford has issued a statement following Piers Morgan's exit from the breakfast show.
Weatherman Alex - who confronted Piers over his comments about Meghan Markle live on air this week - explained he "did not want Piers to quit" and added that he wishes his former colleague well.
You can watch a clip of Piers storming off air below:
"There is so much that could be said. Piers' departure sincerely wasn't the conclusion I was hoping for," Alex began.
"Over the last few years, Piers and I have had a lively, cheeky on-air relationship. We both wanted to be on the show Tuesday morning and from our very public conversations on Twitter, we both knew how strongly our opinions differed on the treatment of Harry and Meghan pre and post the interview that has split the world.
"I hoped we could reach a place of understanding. It's sad that we weren't able to get there, but challenging his opinion was not an outrage. On this occasion, we have to agree to disagree.
"I didn't want him to quit, but I did want him to listen. Personally, Piers has always supported my growth. He's given me advice on several occasions and for that I am grateful. I wish him well!"
You can read the full statement here.
Piers and Alex's disagreement began not long after the show started on Tuesday morning, with Piers discussing Meghan and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
And when co-host Susanna Reid brought Alex into the chat, he described Piers' behaviour as "diabolical".
"They have had an overwhelming amount of negative press," said Alex.
"I watched it again yesterday and yes they had some great press around the wedding, but everything that has followed since has been damaging to Meghan's mental health.
"... I understand that you don't like Meghan Markle, you've made it so clear a number of times on this programme, and I understand you've got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one, and she cut you off if she wants to.
"Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don't think she has but yet you continue to trash her."
"OK, I'm done with this," said Piers, before getting up out of his seat and disappearing off set.
That evening, it was revealed that Piers had quit the show after six years, following 41,000 Ofcom complaints about his comments, in which he claimed he wouldn't believe Meghan "even if she read him a weather report."
Following this, mental health charity Mind issued a statement reading: "We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan's comments on not believing Meghan's comments about suicidal thoughts today.
"It's vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy. We are in conversations about this with ITV at the moment."
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