CNN to cancel Piers Morgan show

posted at 8:01 am on February 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Last August, when Fox moved Megyn Kelly to prime time to square off against the already-low-rated Piers Morgan on CNN, Morgan tweeted to Kelly, “Bring it on.” Two months later, rumors began rising that Morgan was on his way out. Last night, everyone made it official:

“CNN confirms that “Piers Morgan Live” is ending,” the network said in a statement. “The date of the final program is still to be determined.” …

“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Morgan told the New York Times on Sunday.

In his interview with the Times, Morgan said he thought the audience may have grown weary of his focus on gun control — a major topic of conversation on the show in the wake of several mass shootings in the United States.

“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing,” he said. “There is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.”

The New York Times’ David Carr wondered why CNN had bothered with the experiment at all, but the execution was worse than the concept. Carr believes that Morgan buried himself with his weird focus on English sports and gun control, and perhaps especially the latter:

In a sense, Mr. Morgan is a prisoner of two islands: Britain and Manhattan. While I may share his feelings about the need for additional strictures on guns, having grown up in the Midwest, I know that many people come by their guns honestly and hold onto them dearly for sincere reasons.

Mr. Morgan’s approach to gun regulation was more akin to King George III, peering down his nose at the unruly colonies and wondering how to bring the savages to heel. He might have wanted to recall that part of the reason the right to bear arms is codified in the Constitution is that Britain was trying to disarm the citizenry at the time.

He regrets none of it, but clearly understands his scolding of “stupid” opponents of gun laws was not everyone’s cup of tea.

“I’m in danger of being the guy down at the end of the bar who is always going on about the same thing,” he said. He added that he was sure there were plenty of people in the heartland angry “about this British guy telling them how to lead their lives and what they should do with their guns.”

Carr doesn’t explicitly say this, but his point is clear enough. Had Morgan been a snob or an elitist, he might have survived. Being both, well, that’s a different story. CNN wants more out of its 9 pm slot than MSNBC ratings, and that kind of oeuvre might not even sell on that channel — although I wouldn’t be surprised to see MSNBC give him a try, if he wants to stick around in the US. The prime-time name recognition still has some value, even if it wasn’t grabbing audiences, and there’s always a narrow market for people narrowly looking down their noses at the hoi polloi.

By the way, Morgan’s not the only one taking a leave from the public eye. Alec Baldwin says he’s done with celebrity, too, and ready to just do movies and nothing else. I’d put more money on Baldwin sticking to it.


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Bloody good way to start Monday morning.

Walter L. Newton on February 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Inevitable. Piers is facing jail time across the pond anyway for his part in the wiretap/pretexing scandal over there.

ConstantineXI on February 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Bloody good way to start Monday morning.

Walter L. Newton on February 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM

He’ll be reunited with Soledad O’Brien over at Al-Jazera.

ConstantineXI on February 24, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I don’t know who the peoole are that would watch his show anyway. Adios.

TXMomof3 on February 24, 2014 at 8:04 AM

All 50 viewers of Morgan’s show will be disappointed.

celtic warrior on February 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

…who cares?…who watched him?…who even listened?

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2014 at 8:06 AM

It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Morgan told the New York Times on Sunday.

Try Midol, you twat.

M240H on February 24, 2014 at 8:06 AM

So now who is going to create background noise in airport lounges?

tdarrington on February 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Lately? This man has never had and it’s been eons since CNN has had respectable ratings. I think if it weren’t for airports and West LA when Anderson comes on, no one would watch CNN.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

The “snob and elitist” card will no doubt be picked up by Ronan Farrow and his show which debuts today on MSNBC. Those who say he’s Frank Sinatra’s kid might take a look and see how tiny this twerp is actually and realize Frank would scoff “I’ve ****** ****** ******* bigger ******* than you!” You can fill in your own blanks.

Marcus on February 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Self rightious , bloviating windbag get’s the Boot. Film at 11:00.

All 16 CNN viewers are highly disappointed

Sabercat2 on February 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Piers Morgan had a show?

Doughboy on February 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM

C ya

cmsinaz on February 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

“There is no doubt that there are many in the audience…”

WRONG.

There weren’t “many” in your audience, ever, and that’s why you’re getting SH*TCANNED.

Beat it, you poxy twat. Back to the UK and your long delayed grey bar vacation.

GrassMudHorsey on February 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Marcus…..I don’t get it with this guy….who is he? I’ve heard a few times on MJ….he’s awful….they’ve been hyping him for months….. crash and burn within 30days

cmsinaz on February 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

And Rush Limbaugh continues to live rent free in their heads.

Boom.

CurtZHP on February 24, 2014 at 8:16 AM

cmsinaz on February 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

The truth of the matter is Ronan is gay and his boyfriend is a speech writer for Obama. When people throw his resume in your face you’ll see it’s nothing but being pushed along for what he believes and who his momma is. “Ambassador of Youth to the UN”…..”Obama Youth Coalition of….”….”Young Liberal Coalition of ……” He’s incredibly uncomfortable to watch because he’s 26, looks 12, and weighs about 80 pounds.

Marcus on February 24, 2014 at 8:20 AM

In other words, Ronan is a perfect fit for the “pajama boy” club that is MSNBC.

Marcus on February 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Hey Piers, there’s still Australia and New Zealand where you have yet to wear out your welcome.

OTOH, it’s not like he’ll be replaced by Ed Morrissey (sorry, Ed). It will still be some elitist lefty.

TedInATL on February 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM

He’ll be reunited with Soledad O’Brien over at Al-Jazera.

ConstantineXI on February 24, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Al Quada News Network: The only news station with an honest to goodness zero rating.

NotCoach on February 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM

I do hope this is the first of many. But, only if it is based on market forces. I don’t mind the idiots blathering on in our free country. I really do mind when the their failure to generate success is supported and rewarded.

kpguru on February 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Alec Baldwin says he’s done with celebrity, too, and ready to just do movies and nothing else.

ALEC BALDWIN QUITS MEDIA, BLAMES BREITBART

On Sunday evening, award-winning actor and prominent left-wing activist Alec Baldwin announced that he was leaving “public life”–and blamed “Roger Ailes. And Fox. And Breitbart.” In an extended rant to Joe Hogan, posted on vulture.com and published in New York magazine, Baldwin recounted his run-ins with paparazzi, his gay slur controversies, and his ill-fated talk show on MSNBC–but he reserved special resentment for Breitbart.

[snip]

“In the New Media culture, anything good you do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who you are on your worst day….But people suspect that whatever good you do, you are faking. You’re that guy. You’re that guy that says this. There is a core of outlets that are pushing these stories out. Breitbart clutters the blogosphere with ‘Alec Baldwin, he’s the Devil, he’s Fidel Baldwin.’”

Awww, it sounds like Alec got his widdle feelings hurt.

Flora Duh on February 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Gotcha marcus….that makes sense for msdnc

cmsinaz on February 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

The prime-time name recognition still has some value, even if it wasn’t grabbing audiences, and there’s always a narrow market for people narrowly looking down their noses at the hoi polloi.

So you’re saying GOP will pick him up…

the_nile on February 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Maybe this is just the first step. Maybe America is cancelling CNN.

TX-eye on February 24, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Piers geeking out on gun control did him in.

Leftist dweebs usually know they have to keep switching issues so they won’t learn too much about any issue. If they learn too much about anything, they can’t be on the left any more, since it is the central nature of leftist positions that they are profoundly idiotic and deeply rooted in ignorance.

Gun control is a great example. Can there be anything more ignorant and idiotic than gun free zones unprotected by armed guards?

fadetogray on February 24, 2014 at 8:31 AM

The guy’s a crapweasel through and through. CNN should never have brought him on in the first place.

flipflop on February 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Had Morgan been a snob or an elitist, he might have survived. Being both, well, that’s a different story.

Because it can’t possibly be that his politics were unpopular.

kcewa on February 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Hey Piers…yank my doodle it’s a dandy!

You won’t be missed…can you take Banfield with you ?

BigSven on February 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM

What? A new no BS policy at CNN?

TerryW on February 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM

While I may share his feelings about the need for additional strictures on guns, having grown up in the Midwest, I know that many people come by their guns honestly and hold onto them dearly for sincere reasons.

What kind of crap is this? In other words, Americans may be irrational in their love of guns but they are sincere about it?????? Your typical NYT liberal eltism run amok.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Megyn whipped him in less than 100 episodes.

meci on February 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

No worries Piers, Michael Bloomberg still hearts you.

antipc on February 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

That was a short walk off a shorter Piers.

Flange on February 24, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Heh :)

gophergirl on February 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM

when Fox moved Megyn Kelly to prime time to square off against the already-low-rated Piers Morgan on CNN, Morgan tweeted to Kelly, “Bring it on.”

Brought! ;0

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Well, so much for Piers Morgan’s attempt to re-fight the American Revolution. The result is the same as the original: British losing and Americans holding their guns.

Bitter Clinger on February 24, 2014 at 8:48 AM

He can always marry an Mrs Anthony and then call himself Piers-Anthony!

Meanwhile if you quit fighting our rights you could get some ratings, so sad you do not realize this.

OregonPolitician on February 24, 2014 at 8:51 AM

there are many in the audience who are tired of me…

First time Piers has been right… Americans are very tired of him!

Kuffar on February 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing,” he said. “There is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.”

Why didn’t you stop then, you wanker.
Because your agenda is more important than your job.

vityas on February 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings.”

You wish your ratings were enough to fill a tub. Bye. Oh, and, bloody good riddance!

Bmore on February 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Hey, Piers… Hahahahahahahaaa

petefrt on February 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Goodbye Mr. Morgan and Mr. Baldwin.

Don’t come to Texas looking for a job.

Sincerely,

The State of Texas.

workingclass artist on February 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Hey Morgan, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. One more liberal show bites the dust. If CNN were smart, it would give Jake Tapper the slot. He might actually make the show interesting if you wanted to see some real news. But I doubt CNN would go for it. They want a puff show, like Larry King. I hear Elliot Spitzer is looking for a new gig. Naaaaa, that would be way too funny.

Libertyship46 on February 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

A one-trick pony – ridden until it’s dead. Buh bye.

Hill60 on February 24, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Who is Peers Morgon and what is this CNN you mention?

Gunlock Bill on February 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

******************* Excellent ***********************!!

Common Sense PerVails!!

HopeFully, he’s heading back to LondonStan,
or is it now LondonRomainaStan!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM

he will be missed sort of like that Keith guy …lol

PatriotPete on February 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Goodbye Mr. Morgan and Mr. Baldwin.

Don’t come to Texas looking for a job.

Sincerely,

The State of Texas.

America

workingclass artist on February 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on February 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Maybe CNN should fill Morgan’s time slot with an hour of Anderson Cooper and (a semi-nude) Kathy Griffin having simulated sex and telling “tea-bagger” jokes – That’s always a ratings bonanza for them on New Year’s Eve.

Pork-Chop on February 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

CNN could get a ratings boost if they just put a freaking monkey on camera and do voice overs.

Farnsworth on February 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Who dat?

ladyingray on February 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

http://twitter.com/SooperMexican/status/437751963300544512

:-)

ITguy on February 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Megyn takes no prisoners. Megyn rules!

petefrt on February 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

BREAKING NEWS: ENGLISHMAN TAKES BATH

cbenoistd on February 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

What is next for limey, MSNBC?

Wade on February 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv5Vyw9TSm8

claudius on February 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

A test pattern could double Piers’ ratings.

Bitter Clinger on February 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

..ass, door way out, etc.

The War Planner on February 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

My heart bleeeeds…

vnvet on February 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

1 – leno
2 – couric
3 – oprah

reliapundit on February 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I’ll take “Our Long National Nightmare is Over” for $400, Alex.

Maddie on February 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

This social slime bag cancelled himself with his own euro-trash bullcrap blather.

TX-96 on February 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

although I wouldn’t be surprised to see MSNBC give him a try, if he wants to stick around in the US.

Because nothing fails, like failure.

Wallythedog on February 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Hallelujah!!!

Question is will the UK let him back in?

albill on February 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

What’s a “Piers?”

Galtian on February 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

CNN to cancel Piers Morgan show

Phase 1 of the Deport Piers Morgan master plan now complete.

Proceeding to Phase 2.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Bummer.
It’s good to have a snobby, hectoring imbecile around to make their viewpoints toxic.
See: Al Gore

justltl on February 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Well it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. He deserves to be banished to the island of useless people. CNN really is totally incompetent and probably will continue to invest in leftist idea logs. They’ll never learn.

regmgr on February 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I wonder if the ongoing phone hacking investigation has something to do with this.

Hal_10000 on February 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

The American public just isn’t sophisticated enough to be told what to do by fist class a$$hole with an accent. I see a Saturday show on pMSNBC in Pierce’s future.

jukin3 on February 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I do hope this is the first of many. But, only if it is based on market forces. I don’t mind the idiots blathering on in our free country. I really do mind when the their failure to generate success is supported and rewarded.

kpguru on February 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM

+1000

Cleombrotus on February 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM

oops

+1000

Cleombrotus on February 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Let’s hope his work visa process has not yet led to a Permanent Green Card, and he can be deported.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

By the way, Morgan’s not the only one taking a leave from the public eye. Alec Baldwin says he’s done with celebrity, too, and ready to just do movies and nothing else. I’d put more money on Baldwin sticking to it.

Except Baldwin is actually a good actor. Something tells me Piers doesn’t have as solid a Plan B…

JohnGalt23 on February 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Piers Morgan, eat your heart out.

Schadenfreude pure!!!

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

He got close enough for America to see the whites of his lies.

Christien on February 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Last August, when Fox moved Megyn Kelly to prime time to square off against the already-low-rated Piers Morgan on CNN, Morgan tweeted to Kelly, “Bring it on.”

After which the brilliant and beautiful Megyn Kelly cleaned his clock. After all Peas Mawgan’s former viewers tune in to Fox, her ratings will go up about 5%.

Steve Z on February 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Envision Whirled Piers.
Or something.

Galtian on February 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Piers it’s time to pack your bags and move back to… oh that’s right they don’t want you either.

iceman1960 on February 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Americans love the British accent, fools at the NYTs.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

All 50 viewers of Morgan’s show will be disappointed.

celtic warrior on February 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Does nanny Bloomie’s gun-grabbing mayors group still have that many members? I suspect those are the only people who actually watched the limey wharf-boy.

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Americans love the British accent, fools at the NYTs.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Oh ya baby….
I was getting really tired of the Outback Steakhouse guy doing all the event announcing for the olympics.

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

he will be missed sort of like that Keith guy …lol

PatriotPete on February 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Yeah except the Keith guy still has his own show on ESPN. I make it a point never to watch!

Christian Conservative on February 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM

.. because he talks funny?
Ozzy Osbourne talks funny. And has lots more viewers.

/.

CaveatEmpty on February 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

.. because he talks funny?
Ozzy Osbourne talks funny. And has lots more viewers.

/.

CaveatEmpty on February 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Ozzy has more brain cells…..

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

“In the New Media culture, anything good you do is tossed in a pit, and you are measured by who you are on your worst day….But people suspect that whatever good you do, you are faking. You’re that guy. You’re that guy that says this. There is a core of outlets that are pushing these stories out. Breitbart clutters the blogosphere with ‘Alec Baldwin, he’s the Devil, he’s Fidel Baldwin.’”

Awww, it sounds like Alec got his widdle feelings hurt.

Flora Duh on February 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Why don’t you guys tell that to Mel Gibson, once you start letting him work again?

And that’s to say nothing for Jim Caviezel, who doesn’t even have a DUI arrest as a convenient excuse for blackballing him. Person of Interest was the first significant work he had for seven years after The Passion was released.

The Schaef on February 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Looks like Nancy Grace was not just stating an opinion last week on Pier’s show. She was delivering a message from management.

meci on February 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Piers geeking out on gun control did him in.
[...]

fadetogray on February 24, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Absolutely…

When Nancy Grace is one of your guests, and she ends up sounding like the reasonable person on the panel, you know your show is screwed…

Smoovious on February 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

While I may share his feelings about the need for additional strictures on guns, having grown up in the Midwest, I know that many people come by their guns honestly and hold onto them dearly for sincere reasons.

What kind of crap is this? In other words, Americans may be irrational in their love of guns but they are sincere about it?????? Your typical NYT liberal eltism run amok.

Funny how I tend to feel the same way about you religious types… irrational, but at least a few are sincere about it…

:goes to clean his gun:

– Smoov

Smoovious on February 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Another liberal wanker out. Please replace him with another wackjob. Represent your insane world view please.

Murphy9 on February 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

(In most pompous British accent) Egads, old boy! What shall we do with ourselves?

potvin on February 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Thank you Miss Megyn!

potvin on February 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing,” he said. “There is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.”

Ya Think?!?! It would be a lot like me going on British TV and bad mouthing the population there about my less than appreciative preceptions on Royal watchers and Jane Eyers reproductions.

But I will admit to getting a laugh or 2 out of his public failing about.

Endunamoo on February 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

With all these smug leftists getting fired, or retiring, who will be left to laugh at?

earlgrey on February 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

CNN keeps complaining about their 9 pm slot ratings yet they throw people like Morgan out there. Want ratings? Put a libertarian or a conservative on air. There is room to beat Megyn Kelly on the right, and to bring new viewers to CNN who would not typically watch that station. They’ll never do it, because obviously they enjoy shooting themselves in the foot… but if they truly wanted good ratings they would move right. I would suggest someone like Adam Corrola (again, they’ll never do it).

Best bet? They play it safe and make Jay Leno the new Larry King. They could do worse. I would tune in time to time for big interviews, and I like Leno because he always gave people like GWB a fair shake when other media “professionals” would no. That is their safe option though, and it would not really wow anyone.

eski502 on February 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Wooohoooooo!

easyt65 on February 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

NHS: “Come back Piers..and ride the…carousel.”

KirknBurker on February 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

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