Oh my: CNN looking to dump Piers Morgan?

posted at 2:41 pm on October 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

I think the writing was on the wall when they hired Jake Tapper, as that represented a sharp lurch away from the “trollish wanker” programming strategy that had inexplicably landed Piers in prime time.

On the one hand, it’s just a rumor. On the other hand, if there’s anything that can bring a grumpy, divided conservative America together for some goodwill high-fiving, this is it. Besides, FTVLive has been right before: They claimed back in mid-August that NBC was thinking of pulling the plug on its Hillary miniseries. Yesterday the plug was indeed pulled.

The dilemma now for CNN: How will they find a replacement who’s versatile enough to play pattycake with Hollywood celebs, slobber over Bill Clinton, and use bad facts to exploit mass shootings for the gun-control lobby? The supply of would-be chat-show hosts capable of that must be … inexhaustible.

Sources tell FTVLive that CNN Boss Jeff Zucker is “actively looking for a replacement for Piers Morgan.”

Morgan signed a one year extension to his contract and as time winds down, Zucker is looking for someone to takeover his time slot.

Word is that Zucker really wants Katie Couric in that slot. Couric should be available soon as many expect this is the last year her talk show “Katie” will be on the air…

Word is that CNN could offer Morgan another role at the network, most likely something outside of prime time and likely in the late night hours.

Go figure that Zucker wants someone more likable and bankable than Morgan in the 9 p.m. slot to do battle with rising star Megyn Kelly. I wonder if the clincher came a few weeks ago on the night of the Navy Yard shooting, when CNN actually lost viewers during Morgan’s hour at 9 p.m. before regaining some at 10. You know you’ve got a weak link in the chain when the news delivers his pet issue on a silver platter and people end up tuning out instead of tuning in. Good lord, even Clinton couldn’t resist making fun of his ratings.

Exit question: How did CNN decide that its most plum primetime slot should be given to a guy who’s doubtless annoying even to people back home, without a cultural barrier on top of it to create extra distance? It’d be like the BBC deciding to hand 9 p.m. to Keith Olbermann. While you think about that, here’s a golden memory from August 8th. Consider it “brought,” I guess.


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Megyn Kelly put him out of business without being on the air. This is like when Ames Department Store decided to close a location across town when Walmart announced their plan to build a store up the street from them.

libertarianlunatic on October 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

CNN looking to dump Piers Morgan?
…and then this leftist extremist nut-job should be DEPORTED back to England (where they dislike him almost as much as we do.)

TeaPartyNation on October 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

I don’t think Piers will be going home anytime soon. Jeremy Clarkson is waiting for that opportunity, positively salivating at the prospect, lead sap in hand.

BillH on October 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Rachel Jeantel is a good communicator. Maybe she could do the job.

oldroy on October 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

That’s real retarded, sir.

Hill60 on October 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Why would you say that? After all she’s new school and has a 3.0 with nice nails and all. She’s at least as articulate as Al Sharpton and as clean as Jesse Jackson. Hell she could run for president. It’d be an improvement.

Oldnuke on October 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

On the one hand, it’s just a rumor.

Nah, Piers hacked Zucker’s phone, and it’s definitely confirmed.

Hayabusa on October 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

“Gypsies, tramps and thieves…”

Dexter_Alarius on October 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Yeah but, every night when the sun’s going down who’d lay their money down..for Cher?

Oldnuke on October 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

If they have to have a British accent, can they at least consider Benny Hill to replace Morgan?

BobMbx on October 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Benny Hill is dead, sadly. But Mr. Bean is available!

Heck, why not try to get Doctor Who? TARDISTalk at 9pm would be a hit!

Myron Falwell on October 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

If they have to have a British accent, can they at least consider Benny Hill to replace Morgan?

BobMbx on October 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

How about Madonna? She was British for a while.

fogw on October 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

CNN looking to dump Piers Morgan?

CNN is behind the curve: I dumped Piers Morgan 2 years ago!!!

landlines on October 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Benny Hill is dead, sadly.
Myron Falwell on October 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

And yet he still has a better personality and more intelligence than Wharf boy…..

dentarthurdent on October 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I think Morgan already has his lame excuse for his departure. He’ll blame his departure on the “gun zealot culture” and how they pressured CNN to fire him.

I can see Morgan now on a street corner with the sign, “Will spread lies about the gun culture for food.”

Kingfisher on October 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Peeeerzz is a hot muskety mess.

Anyone catch hims screeching at his GOP guest last night? Off set, he could be charged with something – aggravated saliva assault maybe.

LetsBfrank on October 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Katie Couric? You mean the show horse in the 3 horse prime time race before she moved on to bigger and better things like a talk show no one watches? She’s a better candidate for the glue factory than for prime time.

fitzfong on October 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Two Words: Mark Steyn

All the accent without all the bull****

can_con on October 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Word is that CNN could offer Morgan another role at the network, most likely something outside of prime time and likely in the late night hours.

The “role” they are speaking of is that of lapping the inside walls of the urinals used by the liberals at CNN.

He is eminently qualified for that.

Tim Zank on October 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Two Words: Mark Steyn

All the accent without all the bull****

can_con on October 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I would become a CNN viewer for the first time in more than a decade.

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Tapper at 9 would be ok. he’s probably a democrat but a moderate middle of the road one-probably closer to a RINO

gerrym51 on October 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I would become a CNN viewer for the first time in more than a decade.

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I bet if they “Just let Mark be Mark”* he would trounce Megan Kelly in that time slot.

*bonus points for the first one that remembers the recent presidential campaign manager who liked to smoke in his commercials and his boss simply said “you just gotta let _____ be ______”

can_con on October 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I don’t suppose the Brits would take him back?

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Two Words: Mark Steyn

All the accent without all the bull****

can_con on October 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I would become a CNN viewer for the first time in more than a decade.

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

ME TOO!!

landlines on October 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Somehow I don’t think we will like his replacement either.

Chelsea Clinton needs work.

faraway on October 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I’ll donate a ten spot to his air fare as long as the destination is not in the US and its ONE-WAY.

RealMc on October 1, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I’ll donate a ten spot to his air fare as long as the destination is not in the US and its ONE-WAY.

RealMc on October 1, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I rather he be stashed in the bilge of a slow boat to – anywhere else….

dentarthurdent on October 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

The man is an unwatchable reptile. I’m surprised he lasted more than one month. Good riddance.

Did anyone even like him?

bluegill on October 1, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Dump Piers?

I can’t imagine why. ;-)

KirknBurker on October 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM

He had too strong an accent. Don’t remember if it was British or French as I haven’t seen him in years, but good riddance.

The Nerve on October 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Yah right….it was his accent. It had nothing to do with the fact he….

SUCKS!!!

KirknBurker on October 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Piers could be a foreign correspondent in Tasmania.

sadatoni on October 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Is this officially the ‘first scalp’ of Megyn’s?

You go girl.

KirknBurker on October 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

There’s always CourtTV.

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Two Words: Mark Steyn

All the accent without all the bull****

can_con on October 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

On CNN? Never gonna happen.

HiJack on October 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM

The man is an unwatchable reptile. I’m surprised he lasted more than one month. Good riddance.

Did anyone even like him?

bluegill on October 1, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Maybe Olbermann. The two could be butt-buddies.

HiJack on October 1, 2013 at 5:50 PM

There’s always CourtTV.

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Al Jazeera is far more likely for Piers.

Perhaps a duet with his buddy George Galloway?

On other media news – George Will is leaving ABC News and joining Fox News.

Athos on October 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM

On other media news – George Will is leaving ABC News and joining Fox News.

Athos on October 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Well, there you go!! Problem solved. What’s the difference which
Alphabet Network he works for, LOL

Fox is going to tip over soon from leaning so far to the left.

I’m almost sure I heard Hannity say that Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), the big Amnesty pusher is going to be on his TV show. The Gang of 8 and other supporters had a meeting today called The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

bluefox on October 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Chelsea Clinton needs work.

faraway on October 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Yeah, but so far they haven’t found a plastic surgeon willing to take that job on.

Oldnuke on October 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Who better to slobber over Bill, than Bill!

Another Drew on October 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Monica?

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 1, 2013 at 7:03 PM

many expect this is the last year her talk show “Katie” will be on the air…

How is it that these losers, who bounce from one network to another, still manage to land on their feet when it’s obvious their time is over? If you and I were fired or let go from one job…who the hell would even consider your resume again?

And Piers, the POS will have a willing employer over at Al Jizzera, won’t he? That crummy accent will add “authenticity” to the Arab, terrorist spin.

Twana on October 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

CNN expended a lot of credibility getting Obama reelected. Now they need to cultivate an appearance of objectivity before the next election.

agmartin on October 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

many expect this is the last year her talk show “Katie” will be on the air…

How is it that these losers, who bounce from one network to another, still manage to land on their feet when it’s obvious their time is over? If you and I were fired or let go from one job…who the hell would even consider your resume again?

And Piers, the POS will have a willing employer over at Al Jizzera, won’t he? That crummy accent will add “authenticity” to the Arab, terrorist spin.

Twana on October 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

K-K-Katie has surfed her entire career on being ‘perky’. There’s nothing else there.

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

The “role” they are speaking of is that of lapping the inside walls of the urinals used by the liberals at CNN.

He is eminently qualified for that.

Tim Zank on October 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

You really think anyone at CNN stands up to pee?

Maddie on October 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Don’t forget that Morgan was fired from his old job editing The Mirror because he presented faked photographs as genuine in an attempt to accuse British soldiers of war crimes. So the very first thing you need to know about the man is he was willing to lie to his readers to advance his far left ideology, even at the risk of his own job.

Katie Couric was always overrated. She was never that personally popular, nor were Bry Gumbel or Matty, it just happened she was on the best produced and most widely distributed (in terms of affliates) show for most of her career. When she left that sweet gig, her ratings plunged immediately and never really recovered.

Kelly is a rising star. Her biggest problem in the election coverage was trying too hard, always interjecting some quip whether or not it was advisable. She’ll learn to control it, though.

Adjoran on October 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Hey, Piers!

Don’t let the AR15 hit you on the way out.

Shy Guy on October 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I like to see Morgan Fairchild replacing Piers so they can keep the name of the show as “9pm with Morgan”. The new Morgan will be much better to look at and much much smarter than the old one.

poxoma on October 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

James on October 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Wait…Katie Couric is on the air?

Bigurn on October 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

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