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Piers Morgan says 'my work is done' after Good Morning Britain beats BBC Breakfast's ratings for first time in history

PIERS Morgan tweeted "my work is done" after Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast's ratings for the first time in history yesterday.

The 55-year-old star sensationally quit the ITV show last night, but was sure to go out with a bang.

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Taking to his social media page this morning, the TV presenter wrote: "BREAKING NEWS: Good Morning Britain beat BBC Breakfast in the ratings yesterday for the first time."

Piers went on to add: "My work is done. 😎"

The star has had a long-running feud with the rival show, and regularly clashes with host Dan Walker on social media as they compete for ratings.

The tweet comes just hours after ITV confirmed that Piers had stepped down from GMB after his appearance on Monday's show racked up over 41,000 Ofcom complaints.

Piers was heavily criticised for his coverage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview, and claimed that the Duchess was lying about being suicidal and struggling with her mental health.

Yesterday's instalment of the show was even more explosive, with Piers storming off set after co-star Alex Beresford confronted him on his comments.

Piers was visibly fuming during the discussion, and remained off-air for almost 20 minutes – later tweeting that he needed to "cool down".

Alex, 40, hit a nerve when he said that Piers' issue with Meghan was off the back of his personal grudge after she only met him for one drink before allegedly "cutting him off".

When the star returned to the studio, he lashed out at the weather presenter for being "derogatory" about a work colleague.

He seethed: "What we need to do is talk about it in a civilised manner, considering we work on the same show on the same team."

Alex insisted at the time that he "respected" his co-star as he said that he isn't accusing Piers of being racist – and later took to Twitter to say he couldn't "sit on the fence" on such sensitive issues as he thanked fans for their support.

The Sun revealed last night that Piers chose to quit Good Morning Britain entirely after top execs ordered him to apologise to Alex on air.

ITV bosses were also concerned that his comments about Meghan's mental health clashed with their landmark campaign Get Britain Talking after it prompted criticism from leading charity Mind.

A source told us: "He was asked to make an apology but refused. He says he is entitled to his opinion and is always going to stand by it.

“When he refused to apologise, there was a stand-off. And ultimately it ended with him telling producers he would not host the show anymore."

They went on: "The growing pressure from building Ofcom complaints and a swell of anger on social media gave bosses no choice but to try and get him to apologise.

"Unfortunately there were also a lot of concerns raised with the GMB production team too. Charity Mind also expressed their concerns to senior execs at ITV saying it clashes with their campaign."

Ranvir Singh replaced Piers as Susanna Reid's co-host on the show today, with Susanna giving an emotional tribute to the "disruptive and outspoken" star.

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