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FRIDAY MARCH 28 Piers Morgan Live (CNN, 9 p.m.) Fare thee well, Piers Morgan. The prickly Brit newsman ends his run on CNN’s highest-profile timeslot tonight following a three-year run and plenty of ruffled feathers. No word on his final guest, but we’re pretty sure it’s not going to be Madonna (Morgan famously banned the pop icon from ever appearing on the show). And now that PML is over, it’s fair to ask why CNN pulled the plug. Was it Morgan’s insufferable broadcast style or the fact that he normally took three minutes to ask a question? Or was it, as Morgan himself has suggested, that American viewers were “tired of hearing me bang on about gun control.”
FRIDAY MARCH 28 Piers Morgan Live (CNN, 9 p.m.) Fare thee well, Piers Morgan. The prickly Brit newsman ends his run on CNN’s highest-profile timeslot tonight following a three-year run and plenty of ruffled feathers. No word on his final guest, but we’re pretty sure it’s not going to be Madonna (Morgan famously banned the pop icon from ever appearing on the show). And now that PML is over, it’s fair to ask why CNN pulled the plug. Was it Morgan’s insufferable broadcast style or the fact that he normally took three minutes to ask a question? Or was it, as Morgan himself has suggested, that American viewers were “tired of hearing me bang on about gun control.”

Piers Morgan leaves CNN to ‘try pastures new’ Add to ...

Piers Morgan left CNN after almost four years, parting ways with the cable-news network following the demise of his talk show months ago.

“I was offered a new two-year deal by CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview specials,” Morgan said today on Twitter. “But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it – and to try pastures new.”

Morgan was unable to help CNN wrest viewers away from Fox News after replacing Larry King, whose program was the network’s top-rated show for most of the 1990s. Morgan, a British television personality and one-time editor of News of the World, succeeded King in 2011.

CNN is part of Time Warner Inc.’s Turner unit, which has struggled with ratings declines. The division offered buyouts last week to about 6 per cent of its U.S. workforce and said additional job cuts are coming.

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