Alex Beresford has responded to Piers Morgan leaving Good Morning Britain.
The GMB weatherman criticised the presenter live on the ITV morning show over his treatment of Meghan Markle while discussing her and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey, calling it "diabolical".
The encounter ended with Piers saying he was "done with this" before storming off set.
Following the incident, it was confirmed that the former Britain's Got Talent judge had quit and will no longer be presenting GMB.
"There is so much that could be said," Alex shared in a post on his Twitter account on Thursday (March 10). "Piers' departure sincerely wasn't the conclusion I was hoping for. Over the last few years, Piers and I had a lively, cheeky, on-air relationship.
"We both wanted to be on the show Tuesday morning, and from our very public conversations on Twitter, we both knew how strongly our opinions differed on the treatment of Harry and Meghan pre and post the interview that has split the world."
He continued: "I hoped we could reach a place of understanding. It's sad we weren't able to get there, but challenging his opinion was not an outrage. On this occasion, we have to agree to disagree.
"I didn't want him to quit, but I did want him to listen," he added.
Alex continued by making it known there's no bad blood between himself and his now former co-worker, finishing his message by writing: "Personally, Piers has always supported my growth. He's given me advice on several occasions and for that I am grateful. I wish him well!"
ITV released a statement about Piers' departure, which read: "Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.
"ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add."
The news came after it was broadcasting regulator Ofcom took the extraordinary step to tweet on Tuesday (March 9) that it would be investigating Monday's GMB episode after Piers claimed he didn't believe the Duchess of Sussex when she discussed her experiences with racism and mental health while speaking to Oprah.
"We have launched an investigation into Monday's episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules," a tweet from the regulator said.
"As of 14:00 on Tuesday 9 March, we have received 41,015 complaints about the programme."
Good Morning Britain airs Mondays through Fridays on ITV.
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