Piers Morgan: 'I Would Love to Be Back on American Television'
The former CNN anchor also calls U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's actions "reprehensible"
Five months since being dropped by CNN, L.A.-based U.K. media personality Piers Morgan has revealed that he is keen to return to U.S. TV screens.
"I would love to be back on American television. … I'm itching to get back in the game," he told Today's Matt Lauer on Monday, claiming that the time off had been a "great break to clear my head."
Morgan, who was recently named U.S. editor at large for MailOnline, the website edition of U.K. paper The Daily Mail, also said he didn't regret his polarizing opinions regarding gun control that caused controversy on his CNN show.
"How could you let 20 first-graders be shot dead in their classrooms and the reaction would be absolutely nothing?" he said regarding the Sandy Hook massacre. "So I don't regret standing up for trying to effect change."
In an interview in The Guardian newspaper published Monday, Morgan spoke about the hacking scandal in the U.K. that saw his close friend, former News of the World editor and prime minister David Cameron's communications manager, Andy Coulson, sentenced to 18 months in prison earlier in the year.
"Cameron was one of Andy Coulson's closest friends, and both were incredibly embedded with each other. At no stage has Cameron shown support for Andy, either publicly or privately, and I find that reprehensible," he said.
Last week, Morgan's former employer Trinity Mirror agreed to pay compensation to 10 victims of phone hacking, the first major admission by a paper not owned by Rupert Murdoch. The publisher of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror is set to pay 10 victims of hacking, including one-time Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston and former soccer manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
According to The Guardian, Eriksson's claim is understood to relate to a time when Morgan edited the Daily Mirror between 1995 and 2004, although he has denied any knowledge of the activity.