British television presenter Piers Morgan has quit his role on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
The 55-year-old stormed off the set this morning, during an argument over his reaction to the Oprah Winfrey interview with Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
In a statement, ITV said: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.
“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
In an interview aired all over the world this week, Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex outlined their reasons for stepping away from official life.
The interview highlighted alleged racism within the British royal family, with the couple revealing that there were “concerns and conversations” about how dark their son’s skin may be.
Ms Markle also revealed that he was so unhappy as a senior royal that she had suicidal thoughts.
After the interview first aired in the US, Mr Morgan dismissed her mental health claims, noting “I don’t believe a word she said.”
Tens of thousands of viewers have complained about the comments and the UK regulator Ofcom has launched an investigation to see whether Mr Morgan had broken the UK broadcasting code.
This morning he said he was referring to the interview as a whole when he made the comments and said issues of mental health and suicide are, “clearly extremely serious things that should be taken extremely seriously, and if someone is feeling that way, they should get the treatment and help they need every time.”
He later stormed off the set after his colleague Alex Beresford criticised his treatment of Ms Markle.
On The Pat Kenny Show this morning, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the interview was like a 'nuclear attack' on the British royal family.
On Newstalk Breakfast meanwhile, the editor of internet magazine Spiked said the Harry and Meghan interview was 'decadent, inappropriate and odd'.
Yesterday the Labour Party criticized the decision by RTÉ to air the interview in Ireland.