Tens of thousands sign petition to bring Piers Morgan back to ITV after he was forced to resign over Meghan Markle comments
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Tens of thousands sign petition to bring Piers Morgan back to ITV after he was forced to resign over Meghan Markle comments

THOUSANDS of people have signed petitions to get Piers Morgan reinstated in his position as host of ITV's breakfast show Good Morning Britain.

The broadcaster's shares plummeted by 4.3% in the wake of Morgan's departure, despite, for the first time ever, beating rival show BBC Breakfast in viewing figures.

Morgan resigned on Tuesday after refusing to apologise for comments he made about Meghan Markle following her and her husband's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Sunday.

The Duchess of Sussex claimed that a member of the Royal Family had made a racist comment about her unborn baby Archie, and that she had suicidal thoughts for a time before she and Harry stepped back from their royal duties.

Following the release of the interview, Morgan said that he "didn't believe a word" that came out of Markle's mouth and slammed her for damaging the British monarchy while the Queen's husband lies ill in hospital.

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Over 41,000 complaints were made to Ofcom about Morgan, and it's understood that Markle herself got in touch with ITV to formally complain about the 55-year-old's comments.

Markle lodged the complaint not, as she claims, because Morgan said he didn't believe her, but that she was concerned about the effect the presenter's words would have on others who may be struggling with mental illness.

Morgan was offered the chance to apologise live on air, but refused, and instead stepped down from his role with immediate effect.

He later tweeted that he had every right to express disbelief at Markle's unproven claims, saying that free speech was a hill he was "prepared to die on."

And while Morgan has already suggested he's decided where his future lies, telling reporters that those who complained about him "won't like where I end up", thousands are now campaigning for him to perform a dramatic u-turn and re-sign with ITV.

One petition, called 'Bring Back Piers Morgan', accused the channel of treating him "appallingly," while another, called 'Keep Piers Morgan on GMB for his common sense approach to life', has received more than 86,000 signatures.

A third, which has been signed by more than 36,000 people, describes his departure and "an absolute farce".

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