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01/09/2021 10:51 BST | Updated 01/09/2021 15:37 BST

Piers Morgan Reacts To Ofcom's Ruling On His Meghan Markle Comments: 'Do I Get My Job Back?'

The TV watchdog has said the presenter's rant about the Duchess Of Sussex on Good Morning Britain in March did not violate its code.

Piers Morgan has questioned if he will get his job at Good Morning Britain back, in light of Ofcom’s ruling that he did not break broadcasting rules by airing his controversial views on Meghan Markle earlier this year. 

The presenter exited the ITV breakfast show in March after he cast doubt on the Duchess Of Sussex’s revelation during her interview with Oprah Winfrey that she had experienced suicidal thoughts after joining the Royal Family.

The incident became the most complained-about incident in Ofcom history, with the TV watchdog logging over 57,000 complaints, including one from the Duchess herself

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Piers Morgan on what would prove to be his penultimate episode of Good Morning Britain in March with co-host Susanna Reid

Following Ofcom’s official ruling on Wednesday that Good Morning Britain was not in breach the broadcasting code, Piers branded the decision a “resounding victory for free speech”. 

He tweeted: “I’m delighted Ofcom has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.

“This is a resounding victory for free speech...”

He added: “Do I get my job back?”

Piers also expanded on these tweets in a column for the MailOnline, again asking if he would get his job back. 

The presenter recently claimed he has been approached about a potential return to the ITV show by a third party.

His former ITV breakfast colleague Lorraine Kelly recently admitted she believes he will return to the show.

However, HuffPost UK understands ITV has no current plans to invite Piers to present Good Morning Britain again. 

Ofcom said Piers’s comments on the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah were “potentially harmful and offensive” but had not broken any rules.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to Oprah Winfrey

An Ofcom spokesperson said: “This was a finely-balanced decision. Mr Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the strong public reaction to them. But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.

“Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”

ITV said: “We welcome the Ofcom ruling that Good Morning Britain did not breach the broadcast standards relating to harm and offence. 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.

“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.”

Just hours before Piers’ departure from Good Morning Britain, he made headlines when he stormed off the GMB set during a row about the Duchess with his colleague Alex Beresford – something Piers later admitted he regretted doing.

In the six months since his departure, his co-host Susanna Reid has been joined by an array of guest presenters including Richard Madeley, Bill Turnbull and Alastair Campbell