PIERS Morgan's furious GMB rant about Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview has now had 57,793 Ofcom complaints.
It was already the broadcast regulator's most-complained-about programme of the decade and has now seen its total increase by another 446 people.
At the same time the Harry and Meghan interview itself has seen its complaints soar past the 5,000 mark, with 778 people this week complaining about "anti-royal bias".
Piers made dismissive comments about Meghan's claims to have had issues with her mental health during his penultimate GMB show earlier this month.
He even claimed he didn't believe she was left feeling suicidal.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: "We have launched an investigation into Monday's episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules."
The day after he made the comments Piers announced he wouldn't be returning to the show.
ITV said in a statement: "Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.
"ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add."
The only other programme to have received more complaints than Piers' Meghan rant was the Celebrity Big Brother racism row involving Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty in 2007, which attracted 44,500.
It is more than double the number received in response to Diversity's Black Lives Matter performance on Britain's Got Talent in October last year.
The dance routine – which saw a police officer kneeling on Ashley Banjo – received 24,500 complaints, making it the most complained about show in 2020.
Morgan's comments were criticised by mental health charity Mind.
The organisation previously said in a tweet it was "disappointed and concerned" by Morgan's comments.
It added: "It's vital that, when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health, they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy."
In the interview, Meghan told how life as a royal became unbearable and she "didn't want to be alive anymore".
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, said she begged for help but was told she would not be able to seek help as it "wouldn't be good for the institution".
Breaking down in tears during the interview ,which aired on CBS on Sunday night and ITV the following evening, Meghan said: "I just didn't see a solution.
"I didn't want to be alive anymore."
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But Piers had no sympathy for the pregnant Royal and ranted on the ITV breakfast show: "Who did you go to? What did they say to you?
"I don't believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn't believe a weather report if she read it.
"The fact she has expressed an onslaught against our Royal Family is contemptible."
The following day Piers stormed out of the GMB studio after his colleague Alex Beresford's monologue criticising him for continually attacking Meghan.
Alex said he found it "hard to watch" a half-hour segment of the show in which Piers savaged the interview.
Piers didn't like what his co-star had to say, refusing to listen before snapping "I'm not having this" and heading to the studio exit.
He was off-screen for almost 20 minutes, but later returned, slamming Alex for "launching a personal derogatory attack" on someone that he works with.
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