Jeremy Vine hit with Ofcom complaints as Piers Morgan debate slammed

Piers Morgan: Dr Shola discusses comments on Meghan Markle

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Host Jeremy Vine, 56, launched a debate on his Channel 5 show last week after Piers Morgan’s Ofcom investigation found him to be in the clear of any wrongdoing following his famous Meghan Markle row on Good Morning Britain, which saw the former presenter walk off the set and quit the show. Discussing the findings on September 2, guests Dr Shola and panellist James Max presented differing opinions on the matter, but following the exchange, 53 complaints about the show were put forward to Ofcom.

The investigation looked into Piers’ comments about Meghan Markle following the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, which sparked hundreds of complaints.

He told Good Morning Britain viewers that Meghan was “a liar” and that he didn’t believe various claims she had made during the tell-all interview.

Six months on, Ofcom said the 56-year-old was allowed to make those claims and cited freedom of speech as a justification.

But Dr Shola told Jeremy Vine viewers: “I was in that debate with Piers Morgan on that day, and the bottom line is this Ofcom ruling totally whitewashes what has happened.”

She continued: “Listen to me when I say Piers Morgan was objectively irresponsible as a broadcaster, I mean what I say.

“He was objectively offensive on race and mental health, especially in the way he was so dismissive of what he said in terms of her own experience.

“And he was deeply personal. Piers Morgan continually uses his platform, what he did that day was use his platform, a national platform, the ITV studios, as his own personal living room to just rant out.”

But talkRadio host James Max replied: “If for example, she [Meghan] got back in touch with him [Piers] and said ‘Look, I’m really sorry. I can’t talk to you, I can’t talk to any journalists. When we meet in public again, I’d be sure to go through my people.’”

But Dr Shola cut in to say: “I am sorry, this is nonsense. No woman owes any man any response.

“What he has done is the equivalent of stalking, and this society is rewarding him for his bad behaviour.”

“What a load of rubbish,” the 51-year-old continued.

Dr Shola went on: “He texted her [Meghan], she did not text him back, end of story. They don’t have to be friends.”

But unhappy viewers soon got in touch with Ofcom, as 53 complaints were made about the show.

Piers Morgan also weighed in on the subject, posting to his 7.9 million followers on Twitter: “Poor old Dr Shola, the most abusive, offensive and obsessive Piers-basher in Britain – my victory is eating her alive.”

His fans gave a mixed reaction in response, with one writing: “I understand all sides in this.

“Piers has the right to express himself. But Megan also has the right to complain. I agree with Dr shola. Piers view on her was personal. He might be right. But was from a personal experience he had with her. He should have kept it to himself.” (sic)

Another commented: “Piers is one of the few commentators who knew Meghan Markle so he’s a better judge of her character than almost anyone else on this platform.”

“Oh, dear Dr Shola – move on. Are you obsessed with Piers or something?!” A third asked.

Jeremy Vine airs weekdays at 9.15am on Channel 5.

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