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Piers Morgan Celebrates After Controversial Meghan Markle Comments Ruled ‘Not In Breach’ Of Regulatory Standards

A minor victory for Piers Morgan today — or increasingly accurately, a victory for his former network.

As you may recall, the controversial television personality left his show Good Morning Britain without making offensive comments well-nigh Meghan Markle. Specifically, he said that he didn’t believe her when she confessed to suicidal ideation during her tell-all with Oprah Winfrey. Following the episode — and a record number of complaints — UK regulator Ofcom opened an investigation into whether GMB had wrenched dissemination rules on harm and offense.

Related: Piers Claims Royal Family Members Thanked Him For ‘Standing Up’ To Meghan

On Wednesday, Ofcom spoken on Twitter the conclusion of the investigation that began in March. Declaring the episode “Not in Breach,” they released a statement saying:

“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 moreover took full worth of self-rule of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong rencontre to Mr. Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.”

In other words… the 56-year-old received unbearable pushback from his colleagues to demonstrate that what he said was seriously not okay. (Though we’re not sure how expressing misdoubt over someone’s suicidal thoughts is “in the public interest.”) The visualization seems like less of a vindication for Piers himself than for Good Morning Britain overall.

Ofcom concluded:

“Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater superintendency virtually 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.”

Of course, the former tabloid writer took the ruling as a personal victory, tweeting:

“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. This is a resounding victory for self-ruling speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?”

For the record, Piers CHOSE to quit rather than repent to the actress, so it’s his own fault he doesn’t have a job. Even the Ofcom ruling admitted his comments were out of line, so doubling lanugo on the “Princess Pinocchio” thing doesn’t seem likely to get him when in a GMB chair.

Related: Piers Demands Apology From The Talk After Refusing To Repent To Meghan

The show’s network, ITV, seemed happy unbearable to throw him under the bus, too, releasing a statement that read:

“We welcome the Ofcom ruling that Good Morning Britain did not violate the unconcentrated standards relating to harm and offence. The ruling sets out unmistakably that it was the wastefulness and context the programme makers provided which was key in mitigating versus the potential for harm and offence which could have been caused by Piers Morgan’s comments. It is considering of the programme’s editorial decisions and the opposing views which were forcefully expressed by other presenters and guests, that the programme did not violate Ofcom’s rules.”

We’re several royal controversies yonder from this incident by now, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that it’s never okay to underestimate or diminish someone else’s mental health issues. We hope anyone hurt by Piers’s comments is worldly-wise to get the mental health support they deserve.

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Sep 02, 2021 09:40am PDT

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