Piers Morgan responds as GMB pulls in 'lowest ever' viewing figures06/03/2021
Piers Morgan has responded to the news Good Morning Britain pulled in its lowest ever viewing figures on June 1 – less than three months after he quit.
Tuesday’s episode presented by Ranvir Singh and Adil Ray pulled in just 450,000 viewers- a colossal fall from the 1.65 million which tuned in to watch Piers and Susanna Reid following Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview.
When a Twitter user wrote: ‘Oh dear, @GMB pulled in its lowest ever viewing figures yesterday with just 450,000 viewers. @piersmorgan must be thrilled!,’ the former presenter has a somber response.
‘No, sad,’ he wrote back.
Piers quit Good Morning Britain just hours after walking off the set following a confrontation with Alex Beresford.
Dismissing the Duchess of Sussex’s claims her cries for help when she had suicidal thoughts were ignored by the Palace, Piers said he didn’t believe a word she said.
More than 40,000 people complained about the remarks, breaking an all-time record number of complaints for TV watchdog Ofcom.
Meghan and Prince Harry were among those to complain.
‘We can confirm receipt of a standards complaint made on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex,’ an Ofcom spokesperson confirmed.
Since then Adil has regularly sat in Piers’ seat, but ITV boss Kevin Lygo called Piers ‘irreplaceable’.
‘There is nobody like Piers, for good or bad,’ he said.
Speaking to Deadline, he stated: ‘We have a roster of presenters, including Ben [Shephard], Susanna [Reid], Charlotte [Hawkins], and Kate [Garraway]. They’re all stepping up and doing a few more days than they would have done…’
Kevin explained that the GMB presenters on hand will continue to take turns presenting in Piers’ absence.
‘We’ll mix and match until we feel what the right thing is to do. There isn’t a single person [who can replace him],’ he said.
But ratings have continued to slide.
Piers, however, has said he has ‘no doubt’ he could bring the ratings ‘back to where I left them’.
‘I was hired to give very strong, honestly held opinions, which I did. But in the end I was asked to apologise for a genuinely held opinion,’ he said.
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