Piers Morgan's ex-GMB colleague Susanna Reid breaks her silence on his Ofcom win over Meghan Markle

PIERS Morgan's former Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid has broken her silence after his Ofcom win over Meghan Markle.

The 50-year-old star reposted a tweet by co-star Chris Ship pointing out the watchdog's remark that the show may have breached broadcasting rules if it hadn't been for them stepping in and challenging Piers.


She retweed a message suggesting people read the long thread by Ship, who is ITV's royal editor, but highlighted one in particular.

It read: "The report says 'had it not been for the extensive challenge offered throughout the Programme by @susannareid100 and @chrisshipitv, we would have seriously concerned' and overall 'adequate protection for viewers was provided'.

"'On balance, the Programme was not in breach'."

ITV made a similar point, saying: "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.

"It is because of the programme's editorial decisions and the opposing views which were forcefully expressed by other presenters and guests, that the programme did not breach Ofcom's rules."

The TV watchdog said today that former GMB host Piers, 56, was not in breach of the broadcasting code when he made controversial comments about Meghan Markle.

The presenter walked out of the ITV studios after he was called up over his public dismissal of the Duchess of Sussex's mental health claims.

The broadcasting regulator investigated the claims he made about her interview with Oprah Winfrey, but concluded he WAS entitled to give his opinion on air.

Moments after the news of his Ofcom win broke, Piers also took to social media to celebrate and tell fans of his happiness over the ruling.

"Verdict says I was entitled to disbelieve Meghan Markle & Prince Harry," he wrote to his 7.9million followers as he told them of the "breaking" news.

"To restrict my right to do so would be a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression'," he concluded the tweet, which was quickly liked by fans.

He went on to ask whether or not he would get his job back on the ITV show in a follow-up tweet, dubbing the Duchess 'Princess Pinnocchio'.

"I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue," Piers wrote.

This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?

"This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?"

Royal commentator Robert Jobson hailed the decision "a victory for common sense and free speech," while Angela Levin said it was a "marvellous result from Ofcom."

In the aftermath of the broadcast, Piers' rant about Meghan's Oprah interview received the most complaints to the regulator in a decade – with more than 57,000 lodged against him.

Ofcom then confirmed that they launched an investigation into the episode of Good Morning Britain under "harm and offence rules."

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."


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