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Piers Morgan has claimed that Susanna Reid was sad when he left Good Morning Britain and that the show's ratings have "gone back to sleep" since his exit.
The journalist and broadcaster co-presented ITV's breakfast news show with Reid until March last year, when he sensationally stormed out of the studio in a row with weatherman Alex Beresford over Meghan Markle.
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Morgan was later forced to quit after refusing to apologise - but despite often clashing with Reid in his outspoken former role, he has insisted she was sad to lose him.
Talking to The Sun's TV Mag, Morgan said: "We both feel a sense of sadness that it was all brutally ended in a few hours."
He explained that they had spent a long time getting to know each other, likening the relationship to "an arranged marriage", and claimed that they had both "improved each other as broadcasters and journalists".
Morgan added: "Everyone told us we’d never beat the BBC, and then the great irony is that we beat the BBC on my final day!
"Now unfortunately the ratings have gone back to sleep, but that’s ok."
The controversial TV star is due to begin his new job, Piers Morgan Uncensored, at the launch of Rupert Murdoch's channel TalkTV on Monday.
Uncensored has already hit headlines after Morgan shared a promo of his first interviewee Donald Trump apparently storming out of the chat in a row over who was more honest, although Trump has said that was not the case.
However, despite his kind words about Reid, Morgan told TV Mag he had not asked her to join him at TalkTV as he thought she was very happy at GMB.
Morgan has said he wants his new show to be "a platform for lively, vigorous debate, newsmaking interviews and that increasingly taboo three-letter word, fun."
He added: "I also want it to annoy all the right people."
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