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Piers Morgan calls former CNN colleague Ana Navarro ‘treacherous little back-stabber’

Piers Morgan branded his former CNN colleague Ana Navarro a ‘treacherous little back-stabber’ after she celebrated his departure from Good Morning Britain amid criticism over his comments about Meghan Markle. 

Navarro, a CNN political commentator and frequent co-host on The View, took to Twitter last week following Morgan’s announcement that he was leaving his anchor post at GMB after facing pushback for his reaction to Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview. 

‘If no other change comes out of the #OprahMeghanHarry interview, that it lead to @piersmorgan getting fired again from yet another job, seems like a good outcome for the benefit of humanity,’ Navarro tweeted.

Morgan, who hosted his own CNN show from 2011 to 2014, hit back at Navarro on Tuesday and refuted her suggestion that he was fired from GMB’s outlet ITV or CNN. 

‘Hi Ana, I wasn’t fired by ITV (I’m still working for them) just as I wasn’t fired by CNN (I was offered a new 2-year deal – ask Jeff),’ Morgan tweeted, referring to CNN President Jeff Zucker. 

‘But great to see you’re just as big a treacherous little back-stabber now as you were when I worked at CNN,’ he added. 

Ana Navarro is pictured on The View in 2018

Piers Morgan (left) branded his former CNN colleague Ana Navarro (right) a ‘treacherous little back-stabber’ after she celebrated his departure from Good Morning Britain amid criticism over his comments about Meghan Markle

Navarro, a CNN political commentator and frequent co-host on The View, took to Twitter last week following Morgan's announcement that he was leaving his anchor post at GMB after facing pushback for his reaction to Meghan and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview

Navarro, a CNN political commentator and frequent co-host on The View, took to Twitter last week following Morgan’s announcement that he was leaving his anchor post at GMB after facing pushback for his reaction to Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview

Morgan, who hosted his own CNN show from 2011 to 2014, hit back at Navarro on Tuesday and refuted her suggestion that he was fired from GMB's outlet ITV or CNN

Morgan, who hosted his own CNN show from 2011 to 2014, hit back at Navarro on Tuesday and refuted her suggestion that he was fired from GMB’s outlet ITV or CNN

Sources at ITV have said that Morgan ‘will continue to make programs for the channel’ after his departure from GMB, according to iNews.

This is likely to include his popular celebrity interview program, Life Stories, which has been on air since 2009. 

Morgan resigned from GMB on March 9, a day after he stormed off set during an on-air row with co-host Alex Beresford, who criticized him for ‘continuing to trash’ the Duchess of Sussex. 

The polarizing host had said he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of Meghan’s interview with Oprah, where she talked about experiencing racism within the Royal Family and feeling suicidal when she was pregnant with son Archie.

There were more than 41,000 complaints received by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, including one from Meghan herself following the clash. 

The duchess is said to have raised concerns with ITV about the effect Morgan’s comments may have on the issue of mental health generally and those attempting to deal with their own problems.  

Morgan (left) resigned from Good Morning Britain a day after he stormed off set during an on-air row with colleague Alex Beresford (right), who criticized him for 'continuing to trash' the Duchess of Sussex

Morgan (left) resigned from Good Morning Britain a day after he stormed off set during an on-air row with colleague Alex Beresford (right), who criticized him for ‘continuing to trash’ the Duchess of Sussex

Morgan had said he 'didn't believe a word' of Meghan's interview with Oprah (pictured), where she talked about experiencing racism within the Royal Family and feeling suicidal when she was pregnant with son Archie

Morgan had said he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of Meghan’s interview with Oprah (pictured), where she talked about experiencing racism within the Royal Family and feeling suicidal when she was pregnant with son Archie

Morgan later repeated his condemnation of the interview when he told reporters outside his West London home: ‘If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it.’ 

Soon after he announced his resignation and tweeted his thanks to the GMB team, praising them for their ‘hard work and dedication’ that led to them beating their main breakfast TV rival.

In the wake of his departure at least three petitions calling for Morgan to be reinstated on GMB garnered more than 240,000 signatures. 

Morgan ruled out a return to the show but called the petitions a ‘pleasant surprise’ in an Instagram statement last Saturday.  

‘I won’t be going back, but thanks to everyone who has signed these petitions. Normally, people start petitions to have me fired or deported, so this is a pleasant surprise,’ he wrote.  

In the wake of his departure at least three petitions calling for Morgan to be reinstated on GMB garnered more than 240,000 signatures

In the wake of his departure at least three petitions calling for Morgan to be reinstated on GMB garnered more than 240,000 signatures 

‘Those of you that know me well enough know that, despite my many faults, I’m always willing to stand my ground for the things that I think matter most. 

‘My fervent opposition to the Iraq War led to my demise from the Daily Mirror. My outspoken views on the insanity of American gun laws led to the end of my time at CNN. 

‘And now I’ve lost my job at Good Morning Britain because I chose not to apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle’s claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.’ 

He added: ‘I thus became the latest ”victim” of the cancel culture that is permeating our country, every minute, of every hour, of everyday. Though of course, I consider myself to be neither a victim, nor actually cancelled.

‘However, I do believe the defence of free speech and the right to express honestly held opinions, is the most important issue of my career, and the most important issue in British society.’

Morgan’s resignation sparked a dramatic exodus of 400,000 viewers, with the GMB audience dropping by a third in the space of a week, leaving it trailing behind its main rival BBC Breakfast by 600,000 in the ratings war. 

The ITV morning show has pulled in less than 900,000 viewers for its past three days – significantly down from the 1.29 million who tuned in on Tuesday last week for what turned out to be Morgan’s final program.

That figure represented the first time the ITV broadcast had beaten its long-time rival BBC Breakfast, which had 1.25 million, but GMB has since lost 400,000 viewers in just a week to fall well behind in the morning ratings war.  

 

In a statement, Morgan thanked supporters and declared he was 'willing to stand my ground'

In a statement, Morgan thanked supporters and declared he was ‘willing to stand my ground’ 

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