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Piers Morgan talk show ending

Posted: February 24, 2014 8:14 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2014 8:13 a.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday.

Morgan, who succeeded Larry King in the 9 p.m. EST time slot three years ago, was drawing lackluster ratings. In contrast, King had a 25-year run on CNN.

The airdate for Morgan's last show has yet to be determined, CNN said in a statement.

Morgan is a former U.K. tabloid editor who reinvented himself as a TV personality with stints as a judge on "Britain's Got Talent" and its U.S. spinoff, NBC's "America's Got Talent," and as a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice."

He hosted BBC's "You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous," and did interview shows and documentaries for ITV.

Morgan told The New York Times that his show lately has "taken a bath in the ratings" but that he and CNN President Jeff Zucker were discussing a new role for him at the channel. CNN's audience has tired of hearing a Brit weigh in American cultural issues, Morgan said in a story posted online Sunday.

Morgan's future with CNN is undetermined, the channel said.

Last fall, the already struggling "Piers Morgan Live" faced increased competition from a revised Fox News Channel lineup that included a strong new performer at 9 p.m. EST with Megyn Kelly's "The Kelly File."

Morgan served as editor of The Daily Mirror from 1995 to 2004. He has been questioned in connection with Britain's long-running phone hacking scandal, which has led to numerous arrests, resignations and the closure of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.

Earlier this month, Morgan confirmed that he was interviewed in December by British police investigating the illegal interception of telephone voicemails. Morgan, who said he had given a previous witness statement, has consistently denied wrongdoing.

Comments

src: Posted: February 24, 2014 8:38 a.m.

This is what happens when you come here, fail to assimilate, and try to take on the 2nd Amendment. Nancy Grace even tore into him saying that if it weren't for the Brits, we wouldn't even have the gun culture we do here. BAAAAAZINGA! These opinion based "news" outlets are pretty much all taking a bath in the ratings, CNN as a whole, and the pundits on MSNBC. This country wasn't created to satisfy the needs and beliefs of immigrants who feel things should be certain ways. All of my grandparents and great grandparents who immigrated here embraced the American culture and the constitution, that was the reason they came here. They'd be furious to see the new immigrants (legal and especially illegal) coming here, changing, and attempting to destroy what was once a great nation.


stray: Posted: February 24, 2014 10:42 a.m.

Well said src... I am very pleased that CNN (Communist News Network) will terminate this talk show. Piers' dismal performance, and blatant arrogance has finally caught up with him! I cannot stand him! There were times I would only watch the program when he had good guests on. Other than that, I would NEVER watch that show! Who knows, maybe they'll decide to bring back Larry King. I believe CNN made a huge mistake when they replaced him for Piers. --edited.



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