Piers Morgan invites Meghan Markle to his new TalkTV show over 'unfinished business'
Morgan, 56, quit Good Morning Britain last year after refusing to apologize for his comments about the Sussexes' interview with Oprah Winfrey
Piers Morgan has invited Meghan Markle to be the first guest on his new TalkTV show, saying they had "unfinished business" to take care of.
The British journalist and TV presenter, 56, quit 'Good Morning Britain' last year after refusing to apologize for his comments about Markle and Prince Harry's sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey. According to the Sussexes, a senior royal made racist comments about their son Archie's skin color. Markle also claimed Kate Middleton made her cry over bridesmaids' dresses and that she'd contemplated suicide while pregnant with Archie after allegedly getting no help from The Firm. Morgan clashed with weatherman Alex Beresford in one of his last ever GMB shows, saying he didn't think she was telling the truth and later storming off the set.
Senior execs at ITV wanted Morgan to apologize on air after receiving a complaint directly from Markle, but the talk show host wouldn't comply and quit the show instead. Now, he has invited the Duchess of Sussex to appear on his new series to settle their dispute for good. "Fundamentally, what I want the show to do is be a platform for free speech and debate," the popular broadcaster told Sky News Australia. "And the right for people to come on and have their own opinion without being shamed and canceled - because that’s the way back for society. If Meghan Markle’s watching – I’m sure she is – if you want to be my first guest, we have a bit of unfinished business. I’m available," he announced.
It's worth noting that Morgan has criticized Markle multiple times, targeting her on GMB over her and her husband's Oprah interview. The Duchess is said to have complained about the host to ITV boss Carolyn McCall before he was asked to say sorry on air. However, he refused to do so and resigned from his six-year gig at the network.
According to The Sun, Morgan's new 60-minute show is expected to feature A-list celebrities, politicians, and guests, hosting a "lively mix" of discussion, debate, and popular opinion. Morgan was instrumental in helping treble the ITV breakfast show's ratings alongside Susanna Reid. GMB had overtaken BBC Breakfast for the first time in the show's history on the day he stormed off the set in March last year. However, its ratings have steadily declined since his departure.
Morgan is arguably one of the most in-demand broadcasters despite courting multiple controversies. He said he was inundated with offers after he quit GMB, admitting that he turned down "about 20" job offers in order to sign his new gig with TalkTV that is slated to commence this Spring. An insider recently revealed that Morgan also planned to invite Britney Spears to his new show. "She's one of the biggest names in showbiz with a fascinating story to tell," the source said of the Princess of Pop. "Piers would love to sit down with Britney – as would his former employees ITV – so it would be a major coup for him. And he wants to start with a bang." If everything goes as planned, the show would be broadcast in the US, UK, and Australia.