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‘Piers Morgan Live’ Canceled — CNN Ending Show After Low Ratings

Mon, February 24, 2014 7:55am EDT by Emily Longeretta 3 Comments
Piers Morgan Live Canceled
Courtesy of CNN

‘Piers Morgan Live’ may have only had the leading spot on CNN for three years, but it’s getting the ax!

Piers Morgan Live, the news program hosted by editor Piers Morgan that replaced Larry King‘s show in 2011, will be canceled, CNN revealed in a statement.

‘Piers Morgan Live’ Canceled By CNN

“CNN confirms that Piers Morgan Live is ending,” CNN said in a statement on Feb. 23. “The date of the final program is still to be determined.”

With the lead primetime spot at 9 p.m., the show has struggled to compete with programs on MSNBC and Fox News.

Piers Morgan Show Ending

Piers Morgan V. Alex Jones

Speaking to New York Times, the 48-year-old host revealed that he had spoken with the president of CNN Jeffrey Zucker and decided the show will be ending soon. Although the date is not definite yet, it could be as soon as March.

Piers Morgan: I Don’t Want To Be The Guy ‘Always Going On About The Same Thing’

“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Piers told CNN, saying that he knows the show has struggled and the news has been slow. “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. That’s run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”

Piers, who is a gun control advocate known for getting in intense debates, knows that there are other shows he could be doing.

“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,” he told the Times. “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.”

Plus, he gets it — there is more to life than gun talk.

“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, understanding that some people look at him as “this British guy telling them how to lead their lives and what they should do with their guns.”

HollywoodLifers, are you sad the show is being canceled?

— Emily Longeretta

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