CNN: Piers Morgan Is "Misrepresenting" His Job Performance

The former 'Piers Morgan Live' host had offered pointed criticism of the network in an advice column for THR
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It appears Piers Morgan's advice to CNN didn't go over too well at the cable news network.

In a statement, first reported by Politico, a CNN spokesperson pushed back against a column the former Piers Morgan Live host penned for the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, specifically Morgan's suggestion that his talk show could've used a better lead-in than Anderson Cooper's AC 360.

“For the 2½ years that AC 360 served as the lead-in to Piers Morgan’s program on CNN, it always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program.‎ And for the 7 months that Piers Morgan’s program led into AC 360, 360 always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program. It is sad that Piers is trying to find a new job by misrepresenting how he performed in his old one," read the statement, issued by CNN publicist Megan Rivers.

In the guest column, Morgan also stated of his then-colleague, Cooper, "[F]or all his qualities as a reporter[, he] is stiff in a studio and gets annihilated in the ratings every night by [Bill] O'Reilly."

Morgan responded to CNN's claims in a statement to THR on Thursday.

"I have no wish to get into a Reservoir Dogs sequel with CNN," Morgan wrote. "However, let me just respond by saying I’m not remotely sad, I have a great new job at MailOnline, and when I came off air in March, Jeff Zucker congratulated me on a 'splendid, terrific run' and formally offered me a 7-figure sum to make 40 interview shows over the next two years. I didn’t realise he was joking! As for Anderson, I thought he was terrific on The Mole."

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