Former Good Morning Britain star Piers Morgan has insisted he asked ITV to give him his job back after the Ofcom ruling this week ‘to prove a point’. The telly presenter was cleared by the broadcasting watchdog following the rant over Meghan Markle which ended up costing him his role on the show
Piers Morgan has insisted he “wouldn’t go back” to Good Morning Britain as he is preparing to launch a huge “global” project.
The former GMB host was forced to step down from the show back in March after a fiery rant in which he declared he didn’t believe many of Meghan Markle’s claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Earlier this week, Ofcom cleared the show of breaching the broadcasting code and Piers reacted by posting a tweet asking: “Do I get my job back?”
It sparked rumours of a possible return to GMB, but Piers has now explained he posted the message just to “prove a point” as he has no intention of returning to the breakfast show.
Piers explained he’s working on an exciting new project which will launch in the next few weeks, revealing it’s going to take him “global”.
He told the Daily Mail : “I put that post on social media asking if I’d get my job back to prove a point. I wouldn’t go back, not without a public apology and I’m not going to get one.
“I’ve got much bigger things coming up. The future is exciting. The next project is global, it’s big.
“I can’t say what but people are going to hear about it within the next few weeks.”
Piers has yet to give any more information about his new work project, but insisted this week he’s been bombarded with offers since the Ofcom ruling was announced.
An Ofcom spokesperson said of the decision to clear Piers: “This was a finely-balanced decision.
“Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression.
“Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.
“Nonetheless, we’ve 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.”
When Piers first heard the news that he had been cleared by Ofcom, he tweeted: “BREAKING: @Ofcom rejects all complaints against me over Meghan Markle furore that led to my exit from @GMB.
“Verdict says I was entitled to disbelieve her & Prince Harry & to restrict my right to do so would be a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression.’”
ITV later issued a statement on the ruling, which added: “We welcome the Ofcom ruling that Good Morning Britain did not breach the broadcast standards relating to harm and offence,’ the broadcaster said.
“The ruling sets out clearly that it was the balance and context the programme makers provided which was key in mitigating against the potential for harm and offence which could have been caused by Piers Morgan’s comments.”
Discussing ITV’s statement Piers then tweeted: “Hmmm, ITV have just put out a statement saying I only won the Ofcom case against Princess Pinocchio because my colleagues expressed different opinions to mine.
“That’s not what the Ofcom report says in its conclusion. I suggest ITV reads it again.”