Piers Morgan raises glass to Meghan Markle as he returns to pub they met in after landing TV job

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Renowned TV personality Piers Morgan announced on Thursday that he is set to join News Corp and FOX News Media in a global deal, which will see him launch a new daily television series early next year.

Following the announcement, the outspoken star took a trip the Scarsdale Tavern in Kensington where he first met Meghan Markle five years ago and raised a glass to her.

He told The Sun: “And I need to say a special thank you Meghan. As we sit drinking now, it was five years ago I met her here.

“And I bet she was sitting there celebrating my departure from Good Morning Britain so this move will be the stuff of nightmares for her. So cheers Meghan!”

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The journalist, 56, has been vocal about his opinions on the Duchess of Sussex but was “delighted" as Ofcom cleared his rants on the Duchess onGood Morning Britain.

Ofcom ruled that Piers' comments did not break any of the regulator's rules.

The complaints followed his outspoken views on the events of Meghan andPrince Harry's tell all Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year which later led tohis resignation from Good Morning Britain.

Piers’ new global TV deal will see him in a “fearless forum” in a daily TV series for News Corp and FOX News Media.

He will also be joining The Sun and New York Post as a columnist.

In a career comeback "bigger than Ronaldo", HarperCollins UK has signed world rights for the controversial star’s new book, which will be published in hardback, audio and digital formats.

If that isn't enough, Piers will also be presenting his own series of True Crime documentaries.

Speaking of his upcoming ventures, Piers said in a statement: "I'm thrilled to be returning to News Corp., which is where I began my media career more than 30 years ago. Rupert Murdoch has been a constant and fearless champion of free speech, and we are going to be building something new and very exciting together.

"I want my global show to be a fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews, and a place that celebrates the right of everyone to have an opinion, and for those opinions to be vigorously examined and challenged.

"I'm also delighted to become a columnist for The Sun and the New York Post, two brilliantly successful and popular newspaper brands. I'm going home and we're going to have some fun."

The Executive Chairman of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, said: "Piers is the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire. Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling.

"He has many passionate fans around the world and we look forward to expanding his audience in the UK, at FOX Nation, Sky News Australia, The Sun and the New York Post."

Piers' new show will air in the UK on talkTV, which News UK announced earlier on Thursday will launch in early 2022.

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