Piers Morgan's CNN show to end amid mediocre ratings


#1

Piers Morgan’s prime-time talk show on US TV network CNN is to end.

The former Daily Mirror editor told The New York Times it had been “a painful period” for the show, which has suffered lacklustre ratings.

CNN’s audience had tired of hearing a Briton weigh in on American cultural issues, he said.

Mr Morgan said he was in discussions with CNN about a new role at the channel following the end of the show, probably in March.

‘Run its course’
The 48-year-old replaced veteran host Larry King three years ago and interviewed statesman and celebrities, including ex-President Bill Clinton, and financier Warren Buffett. Oprah Winfrey was his first guest.

But it was his outspoken remarks about gun ownership that have garnered most attention in recent months.

“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarising, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” he told the New York Times.

He said that he would like to do fewer appearances that have more impact.

Interviews with major celebrities and powerful figures, would be “better suited to what I do well”, he said.

CNN did not comment on Morgan’s future with the channel.

Earlier this month it emerged that Mr Morgan had been questioned by police under caution over alleged phone hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers.

He has always denied any involvement in hacking.

Prior to his move into TV, Mr Morgan was editor at the Daily Mirror newspaper and was sacked in 2004 after the paper published faked photos of British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners.

He went on to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent before joining CNN.

bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26318965


#2

. . . and not a moment too soon.


#3

Good riddance!


#4

There are enough places for self-opinionated poms in the Guardian.


#5

Goodby, effete idealism–take as many of your colleagues with you as you can. Perhaps you would be happier in Greece as your friends run it into bankruptcy.


#6

And the world breathes a collective sigh of who cares! :smiley:


#7

Wish the Barack Obama show would end because of poor ratings!;):shrug:


#8

In our local area, we lost some very good news anchors recently due to changes at some local TV and radio stations. If any of you are in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin you will know who. Ken DeCoster, Doug McDuff and Eric Wilson. These men are deserving of network positions rather than small market local jobs.:thumbsup:


#9

I’d rather can Stewart and Maher. :slight_smile:


#10

If people quit watching their shows, like they quit watching Morgan’s, they’ll be “in the can,” too.


#11

It seems more people dislike Morgan’s feminist/pseudo-liberal spiel than Maher’s bigotry.

Maybe it’s not dislike but indifference.


#12

Well, in any case I am pleased to note that I have never contributed to the viewership numbers of any of that lot.


#13

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: well said!


#14

so long piers!!! :clapping::dancing::dancing::clapping: this is good news. now to get rid of bill maher and jon stewart!!


#15

Not me. Never watched the show, but wonder if Meghan Kelly’s show helped it along.


#16

I can agree about Maher but Jon Stewart mostly points out the hypocrisy involved in politics although most of the time it’s pointed towards conservatives. Although I don’t agree with some of his perspectives I don’t think he’s even close to Maher.


#17

Won’t be missed, nope, not a bit, I believe we’ll manage. ::aok:


#18

Gosh! Just don’t know how Ill manage with out good old Piers:rolleyes:


#19

Piers admitted:

foxnews.com/us/2014/02/23/piers-morgan-live-coming-to-end-cnn-says/

“I wouldn’t get too excited @NRA - I’m not done with you yet.”

His agenda became overbearing I hope he remains in a “limited” role.


#20

Who is Piers Morgan?

You can guess what his rating is at my house.


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