Piers Morgan insists most people back him despite record Ofcom complaints

Piers Morgan (PA)
Piers Morgan (PA)

Piers Morgan has insisted that the “vast majority” of people still back him despite his Good Morning Britain rant about Meghan Markle becoming the most complained about TV moment ever.

The presenter stepped down from the ITV show after sparking a controversy when he said he did not believe comments made by Markle in her Oprah Winfrey interview, which included claims about her mental health and racism within the Royal Family.

His remarks resulted in more than 57,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom – but Morgan has now said he expected to get even more and believes most people are on his side.

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“Only 57,000?” he tweeted.

“I’ve had more people than that come up & congratulate me in the street for what I said."

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“The vast majority of Britons are right behind me," he added.

Ofcom revealed earlier this week that there were 57,121 complaints across two days of broadcasting on the 8 and 9 March.

This makes it the most complained about television in history, surpassing Celebrity Big Brother, which received 44,500 complaints in 2007 over bullying allegations.

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on GMB. (ITV)
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on GMB. (ITV)

Morgan has continued to stand by his remarks in the days since the controversy, saying in a post on Twitter that “freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on”.

He has also suggested that he is the “latest ‘victim’ of the cancel culture that is permeating our country”.

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The outspoken presenter has yet to confirm his next career move but it has been reported that he is at the centre of a £10m bidding war that could see him return to the US.

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