UK complaints on Piers Morgan reach all-time high
Over 57,000 Brits complained to regulator about breakfast television comments made by former host.
Although he doesn’t screen in Australia, no doubt most readers are familiar with the now-infamous TV walk-off by Britain’s Piers Morgan (destined to be known as “doing a Piers”).
The UK media regulator Ofcom, which began in 2003, has confirmed that 57,121 complaints lodged over his Meghan Markle on Good Morning Britain is the highest number of complaints it has ever received.
That puts it above an episode of Celebrity Big Brother when some 44,500 complained in 2007, when Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty was targeted by Jade Goody and Danielle Lloyd.
Morgan, who left ITV in a huff, hit back in typical style over social media.
Only 57,000? I’ve had more people than that come up & congratulate me in the street for what I said. The vast majority of Britons are right behind me. https://t.co/bVYbU1RcHA
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 17, 2021
Meanwhile in the USA CBS yanked The Talk off air for a week while it is investigating complaints surrounding Sharon Osbourne, who defended Morgan but also made an apology.
The Talk airs in Australia on 10.