Alex Beresford has revealed he’s quit social media amid ‘relentless racist abuse’ resulting from his on-air spat with former Good Morning Britain co-star Piers Morgan.
Morgan, 56, famously left ITV’s GMB after saying he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of Meghan Markle’s account of experiencing racism and other charges against her husband Prince Harry’s Royal Family during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
And after Morgan’s last day on the show saw him storm off the set following a dramatic conformation with Beresford, 40, the weatherman has revealed that the racism he’s endured online since defending Meghan has forced him to step away.
Abuse: Alex Beresford has revealed he’s quit social media amid ‘relentless racist abuse’ resulting from his on-air spat with former Good Morning Britain co-star Piers Morgan
Writing for The Telegraph, he said: ‘I haven’t announced it (like the former Arsenal player Thierry Henry did this week when he publicly quit social media, in response to anonymous racist bullying) but I have been forced to step away from Twitter and Facebook myself, because it was getting too much.’
‘I am a strong person, but I am not made of steel,’ he continued, adding that the messages he’s received are ‘very much the lived experience of racism in Britain’.
He added: ‘The harsh reality, though, is that social media is just a reflection of a bigger problem in society. These people are your co-workers, they are even a parent at the school gate.’
Last month, Piers announced he had quit GMB after Alex challenged his comments about the Duchess of Sussex, 37, and her interview with Oprah, 67.
Clash: Beresford, 40, famously clashed on-air with Piers Morgan, 56, as he defended Meghan Markle following her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey
The outspoken GMB host left the daytime series after he insisted he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of Meghan’s account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the royal family.
Piers then walked off set after a fierce debate with Alex, in which the weather presenter accused Piers of unfairly ‘trashing’ Meghan, and branded him ‘diabolical’.
When Piers walked off screen, Alex continued: ‘I’m sorry but Piers just spouts off on a regular basis and we have to sit there and listen.’
Piers, who refused to apologise, later 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.
Bombshell: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke with Oprah Winfrey last month, making shocking claims about racism and the Royal Family
And the presenter shared his own reflections on the events of that fateful week in a piece for the Mail On Sunday last weekend.