Petitions Asking To Bring Back Piers Morgan to 'Good Morning Britain' Signed by Thousands

At least three petitions have gathered thousands of signatures calling for disgraced television presenter Piers Morgan to be re-instated into his role by ITV, after the broadcaster said the Good Morning Britain presenter would leave over his comments about Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.

Morgan had been hosting Good Morning Britain for six years. ITV announced his resignation on Tuesday, hours after the British broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it was investigating his comments following more than 40,000 complaints. His departure followed an on-air clash with weather presenter Alex Beresford, who criticized his colleague for "continuing to trash" the Duchess of Sussex, causing Morgan to storm off set. That same day, ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said she believed what Meghan said and that the channel is "totally committed to" mental health.

At least three petitions on Change.org demanding that the outspoken host be re-instated by ITV have gathered thousands of signatures.

The "Save Piers Morgan from being sacked from GMB" petition on Change.org has garnered nearly 40,000 signatures at time of writing. Emma Gates, who started the petition, argues: "This man has stuck by our NHS when many others didn't care including our government! He confronts the politicians on questions many of us want answering!"

Gates points out Morgan donated £10,000 ($13, 949) of his own money a fundraising campaign of Captain Tom Moore, who walked one hundred lengths of his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his 100th birthday on April 30, 2020. He ended up raising around £33 million by that birthday, but sadly died of coronavirus on February 2.

Meanwhile, the "BRING BACK Piers Morgan!" petition on the same website has amassed 21,600 signatures. Sean Browne, who started it, said Morgan had saved one of ITV's "failing shows."

"They have thrown him under the bus and allowed him to be bullied by a colleague on air," Browne said. "Piers has turned the show into the most talked about show on ITV. He was the only person who spoke on behalf of viewers during the pandemic and now he's been bullied by the snowflakes all for speaking the truth."

The "Keep Piers Morgan on GMB for his common sense approach to life" petition has collected more than 116,600 signatures so far, and looks likely to reach its target of 150,000. Margaret Lowry, who started the petition, argues: "Keep Piers Morgan for his common-sense approach to life. He's also funny!! He's not afraid to speak out and says what a lot of us are thinking."

The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey during an interview broadcast on CBS on Sunday night that she had suicidal thoughts when she was pregnant with son Archie in 2019.

Morgan derided her comment just hours later, when he told the audience of Good Morning Britain on Monday that he did not believe her.

Meghan reportedly lodged a formal complaint against Morgan before the Good Morning Britain host quit his job. The television host has a history of attacking the duchess on television and has previously called for her and her husband Prince Harry to be stripped of their royal titles for stepping back from senior duties. Morgan, who has been married for over a decade, previously said he was "ghosted" by Meghan, framing it in the context of friendship. Morgan said on a 2018 appearance on Ireland's Late Late Show that the former Suits actor had not stayed in touch with him after they met for drinks the same night she was introduced to Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, Prince William today responded to Markle's claim that a member of the royal family was concerned about how dark her child's skin would be—saying: "We're very much not a racist family."

The Duke of Cambridge confirmed he has not yet spoken to brother Prince Harry since the explosive claim was broadcast on Sunday night.

Piers Morgan outside West London home
Piers Morgan seen returning to his West London home after doing the school run on March 11, 2021 in London, England. Three petitions have gathered thousands of signatures calling for disgraced television presenter to be re-instated in his role by ITV. Neil Mockford/GC Images