This sounds highly counter-intuitive, especially in this economy, but that’s what the New York Daily News claims:
Staffers at “Piers Morgan Tonight” are actually relieved that CNN has canceled the show, sources tell [email protected]
“He was always such an a—— to people working for him,” one insider says of the bombastic Brit. Morgan’s last show is likely to be this week, but no specific date has been set. We hear it was low ratings and a bad attitude that killed it, and the decision was made by network boss Jeff Zucker. “The makeup girls suffered the worst — he was rude and belligerent,” says our source. “The general feeling is Morgan didn’t show any respect to anyone working under him — the people who were trying to make him look good.”
Normally I’d be tempted to shrug at this as sour grapes from perhaps one or two people who’d gotten crossways with the boss. With Morgan, though, his disdain for people shone brightly through most of his interviews; numerous analysts noticed it, and more than a couple thought it might have led to the failure of the show in retaining guests over its three-year run. If it’s true, it’s not the first firing in cable news in the last few months to get a thumbs-up from the crew.
Presumably, all of these people will stay on staff for the next 9 PM show on CNN. Or maybe it’s better for them regardless. (via Mediaite)