Piers Morgan's Meghan Markle Rant Tops British TV Complaints List

Piers Morgan has said he is "delighted" to have been the subject of the most complained about TV moment in the U.K. in 2021.

Ofcom, the British media watchdog, has released an overview of the year and the controversial presenter storming off the set of Good Morning Britain was officially the thing that the viewing public found most upsetting.

The infamous moment occurred after Morgan's remarks about Meghan Markle following her interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside her husband Prince Harry.

Morgan was complaining about the explosive interview in which the Duchess of Sussex spoke about racism in the royal family, when co-host Alex Beresford called him out.

He stormed off the set and then quit as an anchor just days later. According to Ofcom, 54,000 people complained about this incident.

The Oprah interview itself was the fourth most complained about TV moment in the U.K. this year, with 6,486 complaints from the public.

Morgan has responded to the Ofcom results and joked that he is happy with topping the list.

"Delighted to have perpetrated the most complained about moment on UK TV for 2021.... especially because every single one of the absurd complaints was rejected," Morgan tweeted. "Thanks Princess Pinocchio!"

At the time, Morgan questioned Markle's claims about feeling suicidal while working as a member of the royal family. He was later cleared by Ofcom after they determined that he did not breach the broadcasting code.

"The judgments we make each day are often finely balanced—such as our highest-profile case this year: Piers Morgan's comments on Good Morning Britain in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey," Adam Baxter, Director, Standards and Audience Protection at Ofcom said in a statement.

"But, given the importance of the right to freedom of expression, we only step in or take action against a broadcaster when we consider it necessary."

Baxter added: "This year we concluded 33 investigations and recorded 20 breaches of our rules. Many of these cases were about hate speech or harmful, scientifically unfounded Coronavirus misinformation."

In July this year, Morgan admitted it was "gutless and cowardly" to storm off the Good Morning Britain set.

"But here's the thing: they were right, and I was wrong. It WAS gutless and cowardly of me to walk off. If you're going to dish it out, then you've got to take the heat when it flies back at you, which is why I went back and finished the discussion with my co-worker," he wrote in his Daily Mail column.

Piers Morgan and Meghan Markle
(L-R) Piers Morgan has lashed out at Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, for having "continually trashed" Queen Elizabeth II's family. MWE/GC Images;/ANDY STENNING/AFP via Getty Images