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CNN says Piers Morgan's talk show is ending

By Lynn Elber

AP Television Writer

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LAST UPDATED: 10:00 a.m. HST, Feb 24, 2014


LOS ANGELES >> 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.







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fiveo wrote:
Never liked this guy. Always felt he was talking down to everyone. Don't know why a foreigner like this guy would be able to understand or appreciate our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our founding fathers purposely set up a system which was totally opposite the British system as they understood the value of individual freedom and liberty, and an oppressive government. Took CNN long enough to get rid of this guy.
on February 24,2014 | 09:45AM
krusha wrote:
Once he started to bash Obama and calling him a liar a few months ago, then that pretty much turned off whatever base of viewers he had left...
on February 24,2014 | 10:34AM
cojef wrote:
'Too British for the American public, like there are no American that can host a show. "We Got Talents", oodles in the USA.
on February 24,2014 | 11:07AM
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