Piers Morgan Walks the Plank

Piers MorganThe New York Post has reported that CNN host Piers Morgan will walk the plank. It is unknown if there was the figurative sword to prompt him or if he is willingly jumping ship. According to the daily tabloid, even Morgan appears to not know when the last episode will be aired.

The vague explanations in the Post as well as the New York Times and most other outlets do not state if he is being fired, if he quit or how the planned termination of the nightly news commentary, Piers Morgan Live, occurred. What is known is that the ratings have plummeted and that shows in the same time slot on MSNBC and Fox News are far higher.

Shortly after the initial announcements, however, CNN broke the news that Morgan had indeed been fired from the news channel. It remains unannounced the exact date of the final episode. CNN Chief Jeff Zucker has yet to release a statement on the development. News of the show’s ending was announced earlier on Sunday by the head of CNN communications, Allison Gollust.

After crossing the Atlantic to replace Larry King three years ago, it seems to come as no surprise to some that he is stepping down so soon. The former newspaper editor from London has acknowledged that his method of presenting news and commentary is not favored by Americans.

One of the main issues he has discussed and which is said to rub Americans wrong is the fundamental right to bear arms. Many say that when discussing the hot-button issue, his attitude approaches derision for those who demand to maintain their firearms. Speaking to the New York Times’ David Carr, it was a topic he openly admitted has probably contributed significantly to his show’s low viewership.

The animosity appears to run deep and both ways. Morgan’s accent, which many call “posh,” is but one thing that seems to get Americans riled up. Others have expressed distaste for his open preference for football—which Americans call “soccer”—and cricket. But the worst part of the affair still seems to be the issue of guns, which is always a difficult topic when a British citizen argues that Americans should relinquish their right to have firearms.

It should go without saying that the reason many Americans love their guns is because without them, U.S. history would probably not have the preface “U.S.” in the term. It’s easy to get someone to walk the plank when they are unarmed, and Piers Morgan seems to understand that his take on guns may have been what sent many viewers to other shows.

It has been implied by USA Today that for all the discussion about Morgan’s apparent gun debate with the American public, there could be another reason the show is ending. An interview in late 2013 was said by the national newspaper to be part of the investigation regarding hacking into cell phones. While he has not been charged, it is believed that the police are still working on the case that ended the News of the World, a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch and at which Morgan worked until 1995. Regardless of whether he walks the plank here or is forced to do so elsewhere, Piers Morgan is what most journalists seek to avoid: being the news.

By Randall Fleming
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15 Responses to "Piers Morgan Walks the Plank"

  1. Sylvia   March 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I have always liked Piers, accent and all. I have watched his show and enjoyed Piers’s interviews. Sorry to see you go, PM. I regret that my fellow Americans are so crude and rude in their comments. Be well, friend.

  2. southerngent   February 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm


  3. B. J. Van Etten   February 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Go where you came from http://youtu.be/RWVICr8e36s

  4. David K   February 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    That guy gives Brits a bad name. They were lucky and got rid of him and we should count our good fortune to be rid of him too. I only wish we had someone with the bollucks to do to him what Jeremy Clarkson had while he was still on the air.

  5. mutherteresa   February 24, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Yes, he has freedom of speech. I have freedom of the off button on my TV and CNN has the right to fire whomever they want. This man was an absolute broken record. I did not flip over often, but when

    He has freedom of speech. I have heard him exercise it and he is Johnny One Note…or I should say Johnny Gun Note. CNN has freedom to fire whomever it wants. I am sure St. Piers has fired incompetants as well. You make no sense Marge. He is not being fired for what he says, but becase no one tunes in to listen to his crap. If he got good ratings he could say whatever he wanted and CNN would keep his snooty buttox on.

  6. scorp   February 24, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Good. It’s nice to see that jerk go. He was suppose to leave a long time ago. I wish he would take Obama with him.

  7. Doc. Stevens   February 24, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Don’t fire him…move him to MSNBC.
    That way, no one with a functioning brain, no one that thinks for themselves, will see or hear this extremist, left wing democrat brainwashing & brainwashed, closed-minded hater.

  8. Marge   February 24, 2014 at 3:57 am

    whatever happened to freedom of speech????Piers Morgan has as much a right as the gun rights advocates have to speak their mind. He is only speaking as to how other countries view us. Sometimes I don’t even recognize our country any more when it seems that only one group has more rights than anyone else in this country. What a shame. I fear for us all that one day one group will run us all!!!! What a shame,,,,,

    • Joey Twoshoes   February 24, 2014 at 4:09 am

      Freedom of speech has nothing to do with private companies. If CNN doesn’t like what he has to say, they have every right to stop him. It has everything to do with a govt entity trying to take away your right to speak, however.

    • BLaCKoNi   February 24, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Not sure freedom of speech applies to him? I mean he is still a British citizen so the constitution doesn’t apply to him and thus he doesn’t have the same freedom of speech as an American does. Though I might be wrong

  9. Fred Habacht   February 24, 2014 at 3:20 am

    It is much too late for me to ever watch CNN again…but getting rid of Morgan might make me, at least think about them more kindly.

  10. SketchG   February 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    We won’t miss you.

  11. Deirdre scott   February 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    About bloody time!

  12. Landofthefree   February 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Dont let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya


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