After this morning's programme, there are a lot of people who would like to see Piers Morgan replaced by Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford. The presenter called out Piers for his repeatedly derogatory comments about Meghan Markle - which have included him saying he didn't believe Meghan's comments about her mental health to questioning her experience of racism - calling his behaviour on Monday's show 'diabolical'.
That didn't go down well with Piers, who then stormed off set when Alex pointed out that Piers and Meghan used to know each other - and that she hasn't spoken to Piers since cutting him off.
That particular clip from this morning's show has been widely shared on social media, with people praising Alex for what he said to Piers (and, in the process, embarrassing Piers enough that he stormed off).
'Forget Piers walking off. Listen to Alex. He’s superb,' journalist Emily Maitlis wrote. Comedian London Hughes tweeted, 'I used to work for ITV as their only presenter of colour on their flagship children’s show...I know firsthand what’s it like to face workplace microaggressions that you’re too scared to speak up about. What Alex did today, live on GMB was so commendable, that took major guts.'
BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo added: ‘To storm out of a studio live on TV because you don’t like what your mixed raced colleague is saying about your perverse and hateful obsession with a mixed race woman who ceased contact with you, then knowing that your job will absolutely remain in tact….must be nice.’
Those who have Good Morning Britain on in the morning will know Alex, 40, has been on the show since GMB began, as he was previously presenting weather on Daybreak. ('Am I understanding correctly that Alex Beresford is the weather guy,' somebody tweeted, 'If so he needs to be the new anchor.') He has also presented other weather programmes for Channel 4, and appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2018, where he nearly reached the semi-finals.
After the show this morning, Alex tweeted: 'I wish I had the privilege to sit on the fence. In order for me to do that I would have to strip myself of my identity and that’s not something I can do. It’s not any of our places to pick apart claims of racism in order to make us to feel more comfortable.'