CNN to Cut ‘Piers Morgan Live’ from Primetime
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After years of some of the lowest-rated shows in cable news, CNN is about to send Piers Morgan packing.
As far back as October, rumors began circulating that CNN was looking to replace the abrasive Brit, but this weekend The New York Times’s David Carr is reporting that the end is near for Piers Morgan’s primetime cable news show.
Carr reports that Morgan, whose current contract ends in September, admitted during a phone conversation that he and CNN president Jeffrey Zucker are talking about ending the nightly program that Morgan hosts. Morgan told Carr that he and CNN are discussing how to use him in other ways.
The Times media reporter slammed Morgan as a host who didn’t much like his audience.
“There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn’t seem to like America very much,” Carr said dryly, “and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor.”
By phone, Morgan agreed with Carr that things have not gone well at CNN with Piers Morgan Live. “It’s been a painful period, and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Morgan said.