CNN Canceling Piers Morgan Tonight
Brandi Fowler, eonline
Mon Feb 24, 6:58 AM UTC
Piers Morgan and CNN are pulling the plug on the Brit's primetime show.
A rep for CNN confirmed to E! News that Piers Morgan Live is ending, with the exact date of the final program still being determined.
According to the New York Times , Morgan said last week he and CNN president Jeff Zucker had discussed Piers Morgan Live 's failure to connect to the network's audience and had decided to cancel it, more than likely in March.
Morgan, who stepped up as the replacement for Larry King, told the Times, "It's been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings."
"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," he said. "That's run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me."
The former America's Got Talent judge started hosting the show in January 2011. As for who will replace him, those plans are still in the works.
Morgan, meanwhile, is still set to remain at CNN in another capacity--which is still being decided.
"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," Morgan continued. "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."
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