The founder and chair of a cat adoption charity has confirmed the controversial broadcaster Piers Morgan will remain a patron because he has not “stood on any kittens heads”.
Morgan became the second patron at The Moggery in 2008.
The charity’s website said he became involved “after donating a book” and was “thrilled to be asked”.
His bio on the charity’s website states: “Although unable to have a cat himself as he travels so much, he takes a keen interest in our work and follows our activities through our newsletter and website.”
Morgan left ITV's Good Morning Britain earlier this week after six years following a row over comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex.
On Monday's show, Morgan said he "didn't believe a word" the duchess had said after she revealed, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, that she felt suicidal while pregnant with her first child.
A number of the channel’s charity partners raised their concerns with ITV, including the mental health charity Mind, which said in a statement: “We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments on not believing Meghan’s experiences about suicidal thoughts.
“It’s vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of mental ill-health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy. We are in conversations with ITV about this at the moment.”
An ITV spokesperson said: "Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add."
ITV announced its decision after Ofcom revealed it was investigating Morgan’s comments, having received more than 40,000 complaints.
Christine Bayka, chair and founder of the Moggery, said Morgan offered to become a patron “before he became world famous”.
She told Third Sector that Morgan would remain a patron of the charity “as he hasn’t stood on any kittens heads or anything like that”.
Bayka said: “He is entitled to his own opinions. They may not be ones that I agree with, but that’s why he is popular – because he’s opinionated – and why he was employed at ITV.”
Morgan is also a patron at the St Peter & St James Hospice in Lewes, but the charity has not responded to a request for comment.