Piers Morgan says his departure from ITV over comments about the Duchess of Sussex was a ‘farce’ as he prepares to launch brand new news channel TalkTV.
The channel will launch with shows from Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Tom Newton Dunn on Monday, April 25.
The former tabloid editor Morgan quit ITV after storming the set of Good Morning Britain when he said he didn’t believe Meghan’s claims during her interview with Oprah Winfrey. His comments prompted more than 50,000 complaints, the most in Ofcom’s history.
“I thought the whole thing was a prank, and I’m thrilled that in fact, as a result of the prank, we ended up with an entire network that is now dedicated to preventing this kind of prank from happening again,” Morgan said.
“You shouldn’t be humiliated or vilified or dismissed for having an opinion unless you’re really spouting hateful bigoted stuff,” he added in an interview with Metro.co.uk.
“I don’t intend to do that; I’ve never done this before in my streaming time. I want to be a broad church for any type of view.
TalkTV, the latest venture from News UK, will be shown on linear TV platforms as well as online services such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube.
The show will use News UK’s stable of reporters, including the Times political team, the Sun’s showbiz desk and talkSPORT correspondents.
Morgan will appear on his global show Uncensored at 8pm on April 25, broadcast from studios in Ealing, west London.
The show will air on Fox Nation in the US and Sky News Australia.