Piers Morgan Officially Exits CNN, Says He Declined Two-Year Deal
Piers Morgan is no longer with CNN, the host tweeted Tuesday morning.
His talk show, Piers Morgan Live, was canceled in February, with the final episode airing at the end of March. But Morgan's future with the network remained up in the air, with the host telling The New York Times in February, "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 [CNN president] Jeff [Zucker] is trying to do with the network."
But Morgan said Tuesday that he turned down a two-year deal from Zucker to host several interview specials.
Morgan, who has been a vocal proponent of gun-control legislation and ended his last show with a plea for stricter laws, continued to insist he'd still go after the NRA.
CNN said in April that it was doing away with its longstanding 9 p.m. talk-show format, instead airing original series, CNN Films and documentaries produced in-house during the hour.
A rep for CNN has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.
Read Morgan's tweets below.
BREAKING NEWS: I am no longer a @CNN employee.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 2, 2014
I was offered a new 2-year deal by @CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview 'specials'.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 2, 2014
But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it - and to try pastures new.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 2, 2014
I had a fantastic time in my 4 years @CNN and have huge respect for Jeff & all the people who work there. Great company, great network.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 2, 2014
I wouldn't crack the champagne open too quickly though, @NRA - I haven't finished with you lot yet.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 2, 2014