Veteran British broadcaster, journalist, and television host Piers Morgan announced Thursday that he is joining Rupert Murdoch and Fox News Media in a deal that includes his own television show, a column of his own in the New York Post, and a book he has authored.
The outspoken and controversial anchor made the announcement on Twitter Thursday, in a post in which he expressed his excitement at “coming home” after 28 years.
“Great to rejoin Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation after 28 years,” Morgan tweeted. “The place where I started my media career, with the boss who gave me my first big break. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
As Fox News reported, Murdoch referred to Morgan as “the anchor every network wants but is afraid to hire,” and said the talented journalist “says what people feel” when others wouldn’t dare.
“He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience in the U.K., on FOX Nation, Sky News Australia, The Sun and the New York Post,” Murdoch added.
Morgan will debut his new television show in early 2022, airing on weekends in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. He will also publish two weekly columns for the New York Post and The Sun and write a sequel to his best-selling book, “Wake Up,” for HarperCollins.
In addition, Piers Morgan will present a series of true crime documentaries.
Audiences in the UK will be able to watch Morgan’s show on talkTV, Americans will be able to follow it on FOX Nation and in Australia it will be broadcast on Sky News. It will be produced and filmed at News UK’s London Bridge studios.
Meghan Markle spat
Morgan co-presented ITV’s British network’s morning show, Good Morning Britain, from 2015 until March of this year. During that time, the show’s millions of viewers would start their day with Piers Morgan’s usually critical comments.
That month, a controversial interview aired in which Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, told Oprah Winfrey that she had received racist and nasty comments from members of the royal household. Without mentioning a single name, Markle said that a member of the Crown had questioned her son’s skin color when she was still pregnant.
The next morning, Morgan said on his show that he was “disgusted” by Markle’s accusations and didn’t believe a word of it.
“I’m angry to the point of whining today, disgusted at what I’ve had to see,” Morgan used as the opening line of his show the day after Oprah’s interview. “This is a two-hour trashathon about our royal family, about the monarchy and about everything the Queen has worked so hard for,” he continued.
Following Morgan’s remarks, which generated strong criticism against him and registered more than 50,000 complaints from the public, Markle complained to the UK Office of Communications (known as OFCOM) and to ITV.
Shortly thereafter, Piers Morgan announced his departure from Good Morning Britain and resignation from ITV. Following the scandal of his departure and his words about Markle, he wrote a column for the Mail On Sunday in which he called for the “cancel culture to be “cancelled before it murders the culture.
“She (Meghan Markle) is just one of many hypocritical, privileged and whiny celebrities who now cynically exploit victimhood to suppress free speech, value their own version of the truth above the real truth and seek to cancel anyone who deviates from their woke view of the world or who dares to challenge the veracity of their inflammatory statements,” Morgan wrote.