Piers Morgan Confirms His CNN Show to End After “Painful Period”

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By Shari Weiss

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Piers Morgan says his CNN show will likely end next month. The TV personality confirmed the news to the New York Times, saying the decision to move on from “Piers Morgan Live” was agreed upon with CNN president Jeff Zucker after a turbulent few months.

“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” admitted Morgan. He went on, “Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.”

Morgan, however, hinted that he may find a new role at the network, but he and Zucker are trying to figure out how to mesh their visions. “I think I can credibly do news and the ratings reflect that, but it is not really the show that I set out to do,” he told the Times. “There are all kinds of people who can do news here.”

“I’d like to do work — interviews with big celebrities and powerful people — that is better suited to what I do well and fit with what Jeff is trying to do with the network,” added Morgan.

Morgan’s show took over for “Larry King Live” in 2011. In a statement, the network says, “CNN confirms that ‘Piers Morgan Live’ is ending. The date of the final program is still to be determined.”

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