Controversial British TV host Piers Morgan, who famously stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain back in March during a heated discussion with a former colleague about Meghan Markle, has landed a new job. The 56-year-old said Thursday via Twitter he’s rejoining Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
“BREAKING: I’ve gone home,” he tweeted, alongside a pic of himself and Rupert. “Great to be rejoining Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation after 28 years. The place I started my media career, with the boss who gave me my first big break. We’re going to have a lot of fun….”
According to TV Blackbox, the global deal will see him host a new talk show. The TV program will air in the United Kingdom on talkTV, a new channel announced on Thursday, as well as on Sky News Australia and Fox Nation for US audiences.
The new deal will also see Piers join newspapers, The Sun (UK) and the New York Post (US) as a columnist. Piers is also set to write a new book with publisher and News Corp subsidiary HarperCollins and present a series of true crime documentaries.
“Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling,” Rupert said in a statement on Thursday. “He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience in the UK, at Fox Nation, Sky News Australia, The Sun and the New York Post.”
Piers left ITV’s Good Morning Britain in March after he unleashed his now famous scathing rant about the duchess following her CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which she confessed she contemplated suicide in the months after her wedding to the Duke of Sussex and knew she “didn’t want to be alive anymore”. Morgan told Good Morning Britain viewers: “I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
Morgan stormed off set following his tirade against the duchess after Alex Beresford, another journalist on the hosting desk, called his comments “diabolical”.
Beresford said: “I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle. I understand that you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one, and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has, but yet you continue to trash her.”
Morgan initially refused to quit the high-profile morning show post he’d held for six years, but ITV announced his resignation in the days following the controversial episode.