Piers Morgan has taken a swipe at former colleague Alex Beresford.
The former Good Morning Britain host had claimed that Alex was the only part of the team who didn’t get in touch after his sudden exit from presenting duties.
Piers’ exit was confirmed by ITV the evening after his comments about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sparked a furious backlash.
He had invited Alex on the show after the latter got in touch to say he didn’t fully understand the issue.
What followed was a heated on-air clash that saw Piers storm off set to cool off.
Now Piers writes in his Mail On Sunday column of the debate that he had suffered a night of poor sleep, and that when they got on-air Alex “seemed equally uptight and launched into a very personal attack.”
Piers added: “I don’t mind outside guests trying to make a name for themselves by whacking me like this, but I wasn’t going to sit there and take it from one of my own team, especially someone who I’ve gone out of my way to help whenever he’s asked me for advice about his career.”
Once Piers had returned from behind the scenes, he and Alex again began debating Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“‘I don’t feel you’re a racist’, he told me,” Piers continues, “which was like saying: ‘I don’t think you beat your wife.'”
Piers claims in the same column that he’d received a number of farewell messages from colleagues, but not from Alex.
His remarks about Harry and Meghan has included casting doubt on the veracity of a number of claims made during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
One of these was that Meghan had struggled with suicidal thoughts.
The show has since become the most complained-about episode of TV ever.
The morning after his exit was announced, Piers told reporters that conversations with ITV had been “amicable”, and that he stood by his remarks.
He added: “I’m just going to take it easy and see how we go.
“I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion. If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s entirely their right.
“I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible.”
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