Piers Morgan Quits 'Good Morning Britain' Day After Walking Off Set in Discussion About Meghan Markle

British television personality Piers Morgan is leaving the ITV program, "Good Morning Britain," amid calls for his firing over his Monday outburst directed toward Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Morgan "has decided now is the time to leave 'Good Morning Britain.' ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add," United Kingdom-based STV News reported Tuesday afternoon. Morgan responded to an Oprah Winfrey interview with Markle, which aired this week, by blasting her as a liar and dramatic. These remarks immediately drew controversy as insensitive and potentially harmful. His comments about Markle's mental health drew 41,000 complaints from U.K. viewers, media regulators announced. Markle had told Winfrey she felt suicidal in the midst of the monarchy scandal.

"This is a two-hour trash-a-thon of our royal family, of the monarchy, of everything the queen has worked so hard for," Morgan said angrily Monday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. "And it's all being done as Prince Phillip lies in hospital. Let's have names. Who did you go to? What did they do to you? I'm sorry, I don't believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn't believe her if she read me a weather report."

This is not the first time Morgan has left a major television program. He was ousted from CNN in September 2010 over poor ratings on his Piers Morgan Live show which replaced longtime host Larry King.

Markle told Winfrey during the lengthy bombshell interview she "didn't want to be alie anymore," which prompted Morgan's dismissive reply on the U.K. television network and social media. The "Good Morning Britain" program is watched by 1.2 million people, U.K. media regulator data shows.

Morgan appeared to walk back his comments during on-air remarks Tuesday: "When we talked about this yesterday, I said an all-encompassing thing I still don't believe what Megham Markle says generally in this interview and I have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said. But let me just state my position on mental illness and on suicide.

"On mental illness and suicide, these are clearly extremely serious things and should be taken extremely seriously and if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and the help that they need every time. Every time. And if they belong to an institution like the royal family they should seek that help and be given it. It's not for me to question if she felt suicidal I am not in her mind and that is for her to say," Morgan continued.

"We have launched an investigation into Monday's episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules. As of 14:00 on Tuesday 9 March, we have received 41,015 complaints about the programme," Ofcom, the telecommunications agency, tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

Newsweek reached out to Ofcom for additional remarks about Morgan's departure from Good Morning Britain Tuesday afternoon.

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File photo: Piers Morgan arrives to BritWeek 2012's "Evening with Piers Morgan" on May 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. The conservative broadcaster described Sunday's interview as nothing more than a "whine-athon" and "self-serving nonsense." Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images