LONDON – The UK media regulator on Wednesday acquitted television personality and journalist Piers Morgan of violations for making comments on Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, which resulted in more than 50,000 viewer complaints, the largest number ever has been received by the watchdog agency.
The Office of Communications, known as Ofcom, said Morgan did not break the Broadcasting Code when he said on Good Morning Britain that he did not believe what Meghan said during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the Duchess said, she had suicidal thoughts while struggling to fit into the monarchy.
“This is an overwhelming victory for free speech and an overwhelming defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Will I get my job back? ”Morgan, 56, tweeted in response to Ofcom’s decision.
Meghan, who was an American actress named Meghan Markle prior to her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, told Winfrey that royal officials ignored her mental health concerns and she faced racist attitudes.
Morgan drew a barrage of complaints when he commented on the March episode of Good Morning Britain that he “didn’t believe a word she said” and that “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report “.
Many mental health activists slammed him for dismissing mental illness, and Meghan herself filed complaints with Ofcom and the ITV network. Morgan left the show after the uproar over his comments.
Ofcom said that while Morgan’s comments were “potentially harmful and offensive to viewers”, regulators “were fully respecting freedom of expression”.
“According to our rules, broadcasters can bring controversial opinions as part of a legitimate debate in the public interest,” said a statement from the bureau.
“In our opinion, the restriction of such views would be an unjustified and deterrent restriction of freedom”
Morgan, known for speaking his mind and often causing controversy, had previously appeared as a judge on America’s Got Talent.