- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
Piers Morgan’s tirade against Meghan Markle on Good Morning Britain on March 8 — a one-man rant that would see him step down from the breakfast news show the next day amid widespread condemnation — has officially now received the most complaints to U.K. regulator Ofcom in its history.
On March 9, Ofcom revealed that 41,000 people had complained about Morgan, adding that it had launched an investigation under its harm and offence rules. In its weekly complaints bulletin on March 17, Ofcom revealed that this figure has now reached 57,121.
The previous Ofcom record was set by Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, over a racism row that erupted involving contestants Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty, which drew 44,500 complaints.
The most contentious comments from Morgan concerned Markle’s claims about her own mental health, and that she had sought help from Buckingham Palace, only to be turned down.
“Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe a weather report if she read it,” said Morgan, sparking instant criticism, including from the British mental health charity Mind.
It was later revealed that the duchess herself was among those to have complained, with reps also understood to have contacted Morgan’s employer ITV over concerns about how his words might impact those also struggling with mental health.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day