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Good Morning Britain viewers have launched a flurry of official complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom after Alex Beresford sat in Piers Morgan's seat next to Kate Garraway to co-host the ITV show last week.
Alex, who is the weatherman on GMB alongside meteorologist Laura Tobin, famously clashed with Piers, 55, at the start of the month setting off a series of events which ended in Piers quitting the show.
Daily Star can reveal that so far Ofcom have received 28 official complaints to Alex being co-presenter for one episode.
As the show went out with Alex in the top seat on March 26, fans took to Twitter to hit out.
One fan penned: "Is it just me that feels particularly annoyed that Alex Beresford is now sitting in Piers Morgan's seat? Method in the madness? Not amused!"
Another added: "Alex Beresford sitting in Piers Morgan's seat on GMB is giving me life."
A third person posted: "Ouch! Alex has taken Piers' seat on GMB. Final nail etc!"
Over the weekend, Piers hit out at Alex in his Mail on Sunday column, saying that Alex "whacked him" to "make a name" for himself.
He also revealed that Alex was the only member of the GMB who had not reached out to him following his decision to quit the show.
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It wasn't just Alex taking the hosting seat that offended GMB viewers on Friday, March 26 though, as there were 59 complaints in total.
As well as the 28 about Alex, 19 people complained objecting to a misleading reference to an NHS pay rise in Scotland.
Despite Piers insisting he has no intention to go back to the show, his fans have petitioned in their hundreds of thousands to reinstate him.
Piers and Alex clashed after the former newspaper editor said he didn't believe a word Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey during her Royal family tell-all with Prince Harry.
Piers added that he wanted more context on the alleged racist comment made about the Duchess of Sussex's then-unborn baby Archie's skin.
Meghan claimed that, in a conversation she wasn't a part of, a member of the royal family "raised concerns" about his skin colour.
Both she and Prince Harry refused to give any context to the comment, nor would they say who said it.
Oprah later added on CBS that Princess Diana's son told her off camera the comment was not made by The Queen, 94, or Prince Phillip, 99.
Alex insisted that the comment was wrong in whatever context and that it should never be downplayed.
In a statement posted to Twitter on after Piers' exit, Alex said: "There is so much that could be said. Piers' departure sincerely wasn't the conclusion I was hoping for.
"Over the last few years, Piers and I have had a lively, cheeky on-air relationship.
"We both wanted to be on the show Tuesday morning, and from our very public conversations on Twitter, we both knew how strongly our opinions differed on the treatment of Harry and Meghan pre and post the interview that has split the world.
"I hoped we could reach a place of understanding. It's sad that we weren't able to get there, but challenging his opinion was not an outrage. On this occasion, we have to agree to disagree.
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"I didn't want him to quit, but I did want him to listen.
"Personally, Piers has always supported my growth. He's given me advice on several occasions and for that I am grateful. I wish him well!"
Writing in his explosive Mail on Sunday column over the weekend, Piers revealed it was at his request Alex was on GMB for them to debate about Meghan.
He says he was open ears when Alex text him and it was at his request that Alex was put onto the show.
Piers penned: "Alex Beresford, GMB's occasional stand-in weatherman, messaged me saying I needed to better understand Meghan Markle's racism claims from the perspective of mixed-race people like himself.
"I told the team to get him in tomorrow so we can debate it on air."
He added of the fateful morning on Tuesday, March 9: "When we got on air, I was tired and agitated.
"Alex Beresford seemed equally uptight and launched into a very personal attack.
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