Yesterday (February 22), nearly 1,200 television industry employees signed the letter that came after the Good Morning Britain presenter targeted Amini on Twitter. He said he would “rather employ a lobotomized aardvark” than work with him again. “You worked on life stories for exactly two months in 2010 based on your résumé, which was the high point of your television career,” he said.
Morgan’s post was followed by Amini, in which he said he would no longer work with Morgan after his experience with Life Stories as a researcher. In response to the open letter, ITV bosses Kevin Lygo and Carolyn McCall said, “Our firm understanding is that in this case, the tweet in question did not accuse Piers of bullying and harassment while he was working on life stories. After a discussion with both parties, there is therefore no internal investigation.
“On the separate issue of social media sharing, we understand that some producers want their views to be expressed on their personal platforms, and we believe that Piers is a prolific and longtime social media user wherever he is Located Known for his robust, heated exchanges when criticized against him. “
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They added, “However, Twitter accounts and the choice to comment on each other are your personal choices. Piers is a freelance presenter and we do not control his output on social media or the other media platforms he writes for.
Amini has since called ITV’s response “disappointing”.
“Bullying feels crappy,” he wrote in a long Twitter statement. “It works in a playground, at work, and on social media. And it is this feeling that resonated with over 1,200 supporters (for which I am very grateful), the feeling of a man in power trying to develop his power without fear of the consequences. The feeling that we’ve all been here before – the words “rugged and fiery” are euphemisms in the same way that someone is described as “character” or “special” – and we go through it every day …
“It’s not good enough to get the UK talking and turn away from the root causes of poor mental health. It is not good enough to say “be kind” after the death of a loved one and still help maintain the behavior that led to it. The kind of behavior that almost made me do it this weekend too. “
He added that ITV’s response is “a hard spotlight on the acrobatics that people use to evade responsibility”.
The Independent has asked Morgan’s representative for comment.
In response to yesterday’s original letter, Morgan tweeted that it was “beyond parody,” claiming he was indeed the victim.