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Piers Morgan Gets the Axe

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:54 pm

Politico is reporting:

CNN President Jeff Zucker has decided to bring an end to Piers Morgan’s low-rated primetime show, network sources told POLITICO on Sunday. “Piers Morgan Live” could end as early as next month, though Morgan may stay with the network in another role.

Morgan, a former British tabloid editor, replaced Larry King in the 9 p.m. hour three years ago, prior to Zucker’s tenure as president. His show earned consistently low ratings, registering as few as 50,000 viewers in the 25-to-54 year-old demographic earlier this week.

Where will I go to get my fix of insufferable smugness with a British accent?

56 Responses to “Piers Morgan Gets the Axe”

  1. Awwwww.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. I’ll give him his much: in the Politico piece he does seem to understand that lots of us Americans don’t want to be lectured by a smarmy Brit twit. And he seems to readily acknowledge that this rating were in the toilet and he doesn’t try to blame anyone else for it.

    But good riddance to him all the same.

    JVW (709bc7)

  3. Should be “I’ll give him this much. . .”

    JVW (709bc7)

  4. And to think he came from the same country as Winston Churchill.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  5. AMF, Y’all!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  6. and don’t come back now, ya heah?

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  7. but we all really missed a chance here to tune into his show, reaching across to the other side and establishing a dialogue that would have eventually let us get to where we can talk about when we might be able to consider discussing maybe making an organized stand on an important issue.

    but noooooooooooo…. not you stupid tea-baggers.


    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  8. For years the Brits have been saying they don’t want him back, but it appears they may have changed their minds. If only because they’re considering prosecuting him for phone hacking while he was editor of the Daily Mirror.

    Mr Morgan referred to phone hacking as the “little trick” in his 2005 memoir The Insider, but subsequently said he had no direct knowledge of the practice.

    A report by Lord Justice Leveson said his revised account had been “utterly unpersuasive”, but that the evidence did not establish that he had authorised phone hacking.

    Steve57 (a7ff60)

  9. Do not worry, Zucker will choose another host that is acceptable to the NYC/DC/LA cocktail party circuit. Someone who attends all the right parties and is a member of all the right clubs and charitable organizations. Someone who was in the Hamptons last year and at Tina’s party. Someone who will not rock the boat. Someone whose views are just as disconnected from us peasants in Flyover Country as an insufferable, smarmy, twit like Piers.

    And CNN will wonder why the ratings at 9pm are even lower?

    They’d never think of hiring a conservative host that people could relate to. Someone like a Dana Loesch, a Jason Lewis, or (clutch your little pearls Jeffrey) a Sarah Palin? That might get Jeffrey snubbed by all those right-thinking people in NYC.

    rd (8c8a6e)

  10. Piers head on the chopping block is a delightful visual.
    under a guillotine is even better.

    mg (31009b)

  11. May I suggest you acquire the means to watch Downton Abbey?

    Dame Maggie Smith is an absolute hoot as the matriarch (Dowager Countess) of the protagonist clan.

    In any event, Brit insufferability is the hallmark of the program. Enjoy.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  12. what a git;

    narciso (3fec35)

  13. And to think he came from the same country as Winston Churchill.

    Not to mention Kay Parker or Jenna Jameson.

    nk (dbc370)

  14. Where will I go to get my fix of insufferable smugness with a British accent?

    And a remarkably strong dose of moronic stupidity mixed in!?!?

    Never Fear!! Liberals love Brits, the accent makes them ever so blatantly more intelligent than any liberal could ever hope to be.

    Morgan will land on his feet, and some news organization will be glad to have someone soooooo much smarter than anyone else working there to tell them what to think.

    Smock Puppet, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

  15. Since I have never watched Mr Morgan’s show, whether he stays or goes means exactly zero to me. For Mr Zucker, that was the real problem: there are too many people like me who weren’t interested in watching the show.

    But, the truth is that they could replace Mr Morgan with Sarah Palin or Ted Cruz or even our esteemed host, and I still wouldn’t watch CNN at 9:00 PM. I mean, it’s far more important that TBS is running reruns of The Big Bang Theory at that time than anything CNN could put on.

    Unless, of course, CNN replaced Mr Morgan with Morgan Smith Goodwin; then I’d watch!

    The Dana who really doesn't care (3e4784)

  16. Didn’t he challenge Megyn Kelly when she took the 9:00 slot? Good riddance, you gun-grabbing git.

    JD (b4e6c6)

  17. Jenna Jameson is not British — my mistake, I did not mean to insult her.

    nk (dbc370)

  18. The esteemed Mr Morgan was getting his butt kicked by Rachel Maddow, who was, in turn, getting her butt kicked by Megyn Kelly.

    I don’t know what Mr Zucker thought of Mr Morgan personally, or whether he liked the show. In the end, Mr Morgan was killed by the ratings.

    The Dana who cared enough to look up the ratings (3e4784)

  19. … Morgan may stay with the network in another role.

    Perhaps the self-satisfied know-it-all could spend a few hours on national TV looking down his pointy nose lecturing American provincials on just what ungrateful jerks the Founding Fathers were to reject King George’s divine authority over his colonies. A prime-time special like that would make an excellent showcase for Morgan’s peculiar talents and fit nicely with CNN’s agenda.

    ropelight (a34b01)

  20. nk never bothered to listed to Jenna Jameson’s accent. 😆

    The Dana laughing about it (3e4784)

  21. Piers Morgan, his horn liked to toot
    And now he has gotten the boot
    He can take his rants
    And his fancy pants
    Back home. CNN, put on Newt!

    The Limerick Avenger (3e4784)

  22. CNN thought that they’d grabbed an ace
    But Piers was stuck in last place
    He has a free pass
    To take his ass
    Back to England, ’cause he lost the race.

    The Limerick Avenger (3e4784)

  23. There’s dialogue?

    nk (dbc370)

  24. When you can’t even
    Beat out Miss Rachel Maddow
    It’s time to go home

    The Haiku Avenger (3e4784)

  25. Can she groan with an accent?

    The snarky Dana (3e4784)

  26. accent?

    she has an accent?


    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  27. Where Great Britain used to be, they called (dunno whether they still do) their news anchors “announcers”. They got it, like we don’t seem to. Talking heads are simply parrots for the news gatherers and writers — not great thinkers enlightening us. I C-actor a category?

    nk (dbc370)

  28. *Is* [C-actor a category?]

    nk (dbc370)

  29. I s’pose “announcer” is a bit closer to “paid shill.”

    The Dana who doesn't watch the network news (3e4784)

  30. Here we go (cricket player included):

    nk (dbc370)

  31. nk wrote:

    *Is* [C-actor a category?]

    This question, on a thread with Jenna Jameson? 😆

    That’s really, really bad! I denounce myself.

    The Dana who is really pushing it here (3e4784)

  32. If Morgan is no longer working, does that mean that his working visa will be rescinded? But wait until after 15 April when his tax return is due. Next possible stops for Morgan include Kiev, Caracas, Bangkok, embedded with fuel convoys in Afghanistan.

    LTMG (9a1240)

  33. Where will I go to get my fix of insufferable smugness with a British accent?

    You have a whole Administration full of insufferable smugness with an American accent. Why look for imports?

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  34. Does this mean the phone-hacking scandal is going to blow up in Morgan’s face? I mean, who do these journalists think they are, the NSA?

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  35. he never understood that you don’t pimp dead babies for political gain

    he still doesn’t understand this

    but then

    nobody else at CNN seems to understand this either

    they’re an American cable news channel, you see

    happyfeet (c60db2)

  36. I was hoping it literal.

    Rodney King's Spirit (ca9e04)

  37. Not to mention Kay Parker or Jenna Jameson.

    Jenna has an accent?
    Who knew?

    askeptic (2bb434)

  38. Did you know this about Piers Morgan? Fake pictures, fired for it.

    nk (dbc370)

  39. the fake pictures are old news…

    him being questioned in the ongoing phone hacking investigation, OTOH, just might have a juicy payoff.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)


    you can even meet with her for personal counseling… if you live in the LA/SFV area

    Check under “Services”. 😎

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  41. link in #41 should be SFW with a “G” rating…

    but one never knows, so open at own risk.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  42. the link at 12) covers most of his offenses,

    narciso (3fec35)

  43. I s’pose “announcer” is a bit closer to “paid shill.”

    Old joke:

    The Potato Family was having a holiday get-together, and the three potato daughters
    were all at the dinner table with Mama Potato, and, as dinner wound down, the eldest
    daughter announces,” Mother, Sisters, I have to tell you. I’m getting married soon. I’ve
    met a wonderful spud!! He’s a Russet!!”

    All the daughters and the rest of the family crowed their approval, with Mama says,
    “Oh, daughter, you marry well. A Russet!! He’s a FINE tater, a fine tater indeed!!

    The middle daughter pipes up, and says, “Well, sisters, mama, I have to say that I, too,
    have met my dearest spud. He’s an Idaho!!”

    Again the family coos with pleasure at the news, and Mama nods her head in agreement,
    “An Idaho!! My, my daughter, you have indeed found yourself a fine tater — a fine tater

    The youngest daughter, no longer able to contain herself, squeaks out, “Oh, my dear,
    I am so happy for my entire family, because I, too, am engaged, to the well-known
    TV news anchor, Peter Jennings!!”

    The entire room goes silent, to her dismay. She looks at her mother, who sighs, and says,
    “I’m sorry, my dear. I hope you will be happy, but you must realize the reason for our
    disappointment… After all, Mr. Jennings is only a common-tater.”


    Smock Puppet, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

  44. As for guns, there’s some fallout from the Peruta decision.

    1) the San Diego sheriff will not appeal en banc, but he also is not making any changes. Apparently a US Appeals Court carries insufficient weight for him. Los Angeles county, which has a political cronies-only rule, will not change anything either.

    2) CA AG Kamala Harris probably will appeal.

    3) Orange and Ventura counties have dropped the “good cause” rule and now only require “good moral character”, safety certification, and an assertion of need.,0,2138479.story

    4) It turns out that people who have marijuana buyer’s cards are not allowed to have guns under federal rules.

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  45. On second thought Morgan might make a good replacement for Bill O’Reilly.

    ropelight (a34b01)

  46. who would have thought it would turn out that way;

    narciso (3fec35)

  47. Kevin, in my little outpost in LACo, our local PD has told me that they plan to continue as in the past, still using the “good cause” justification for denying your right to an effective defense.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  48. 46- Question 11-c on ATF Form 4473 (Rev 4/12):

    Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?

    askeptic (2bb434)

  49. #49, yes, that is what the LA country sheriff says in the link above.

    Confession: I am now paying the LA Times $1/week for digital access. I find that they hold some resources hostage I need. I truly hate to give them money, but the LA Daily News has devolved further towards being a throwaway, and their web site is hopeless.

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  50. His mother and his other regular viewer was shocked and dismayed at the news…

    WarEagle82 (b18ccf)

  51. This just in: At least one candidate for LA Country Sheriff admits there is a 2nd Amendment. His statement is a bit weaselly, but it does offer hope:

    “Los Angeles County is known as one of most difficult counties in California in which to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). Of the 10 million residents currently residing in Los Angeles County, only a few hundred individuals have been issued a CCW permit. I understand the need for caution when allowing civilian residents to legally carry firearms in public. However, as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment I also believe in a person’s right to defend themselves, their families and their homes from possible threats; if it is done in a responsible manner. As Sheriff, I will follow all applicable state and federal laws and court rulings as they pertain to the issuance of CCW permits. When elected Sheriff, I will ensure that every CCW request is evaluated on an objective and individual basis without favoritism. If the applicant meets the legal requirements and conditions required under the law, I will ensure that the application is duly processed. In addition, should the request be denied, the department will issue a written statement to the applicant explaining why the application was denied.”

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  52. i’m still going to apply with the LAPD, once the case is certified “final” and cite Heller, Chicago and Perula in the appropriate place.

    if they want to give me grounds to sue, let them.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  53. good luck me I fly under the radar as far as the piggy pigs here in LA go

    they’re scary and stupid and…

    ungodly whiny

    but only if you pay attention to them

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  54. RE: Narsciso’s link

    ” And now we don’t leave each other alone. Now we live in a digital arena, like some Roman Colosseum, with our thumbs up or thumbs down“.

    I am glad Pat has ignored suggestions to implement “thumbs up or down button”. Even when a response to a comment rubs a reader the wrong way, the responder has put in some skin in the game -even under an alias- whereas a “thumbs up/down” is worth less than nothing due to the content/context it provides.

    On topic:

    In the UK it would have been the officer who took the video with his cellphone while the beating took place. Someone give us the link please.

    felipe (6100bc)

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