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ITV producers have no plans to invite Piers Morgan back to Good Morning Britain after Ofcom officials cleared him over his criticism of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Earlier this year, the presenter came under fire from viewers after he stated that he didn't believe Meghan when she confessed during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that she suffered from suicidal thoughts. British broadcasting regulator Ofcom received more than 50,000 complaints about his comments and launched an investigation, and in their ruling on Wednesday, officials stated that "consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegations."
Piers, who quit the show amid the backlash, celebrated the verdict on Twitter and jokingly asked if he could get his job back, and ITV officials responded by stating they have no plans to invite him back onto Good Morning Britain.
In their statement, ITV bosses noted that Ofcom ruled the potential offence caused by his comments were mitigated by his co-presenters challenging his remarks.
"The ruling sets out clearly that it was the balance and context the programme makers provided which was key in mitigating against the potential for harm and offence which could have been caused by Piers Morgan's comments," the statement read. "It is because of the programme's editorial decisions and the opposing views which were forcefully expressed by other presenters and guests, that the programme did not breach Ofcom's rules."
Piers shared headlines about ITV's response on his Twitter page with laughing emojis and added, "Maybe I should just storm back in...."
In his original tweet celebrating the verdict, the controversial presenter wrote, "This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios." He also called it a "watershed moment in the battle for free speech" in his Mail Online column.