Piers Morgan’s run on CNN is coming to a close. As the network continues to lag behind Fox News in the ratings, Piers Morgan Live has been ambushed as of late by the revised Fox News lineup that includes Megyn Kelly’s new show The Kelly File. After three years on the air, CNN confirmed this past weekend that they will be canceling Morgan’s show and the final episode will air next month.
But rather than fight it, Morgan simply conceded that his show just isn’t working. “It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” he said to the New York Times. 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.”
Although he started strongly as the replacement for Larry King, the numbers for his show eventually dipped to 600,000 viewers per episode, which is unheard of for prime time. Many viewers were turned off by his endless rants on gun control and he was recently slammed for his interview with transgender activist Janet Mock. While on the show to promote her memoir, Morgan asked her repeatedly about she was “born a boy” and was widely accused of sensationalizing the story.
But despite the sagging ratings, this may not be the last we see of Morgan. He is reportedly in talks with CNN to remain on the network “in a different role.”