Piers Morgan is about to find out if the grass is always greener on the other side. The CNN host announced that he’s leaving the cable news network after four years of employment. On Tuesday, Morgan took to Twitter to post: “BREAKING NEWS: I am no longer a @CNN employee.”
But this was not a firing. The four-year CNN alum added that he was offered a spot to host a series of interview specials for the network, but that he passed on the opportunity. "I was offered a new 2-year deal by @CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview 'specials,'" Morgan wrote. "But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it - and to try pastures new."
Morgan’s CNN program “Piers Morgan Tonight” debuted in 2011 and was canceled in March due to ratings struggles, but his contract with the network just expired. During his four years on the network, the British host made headlines for some of the controversial interviews that he did – and some that he didn’t do.
Earlier this year, Morgan’s interview with transgender writer and advocate Janet Mock sparked Twitter attacks aimed at the host by transgender activists and others who were upset over how he addressed Mock during the interview. Morgan's 2013 gun control debate with radio host Alex Jones had an irate Jones calling for the Brit host's deportation. And earlier this year, Chelsea Handler slammed Morgan for his interview style when she was a guest on his show. Us Weekly posted video of the sharp-tongued comedian busting Morgan for tweeting during a commercial break, and telling him, "You can't even pay attention for 60 seconds. You're a terrible interviewer. You have to pay attention to the guests that you invited on your show.… maybe that's why your job is coming to an end!”
Then there was the slew of interviews he didn’t do. Shortly after the British journalist landed the high profile CNN gig, he famously banned Madonna from his show. Morgan told Britain's Daily Express the Grammy winning singer had been "an irritant in my life for the past 20 years.” He them went on to say of the pop legend: "She is so boring. She is too vegan for TV. We have Lady Gaga now so Madonna is banned from my show."
The Hollywood Reporter also revealed a long list of other celebs Morgan banned from his show, including "America's Got Talent" judge Howie Mandel, whom he described as “too irritating,” Paul McCartney’s ex wife Heather Mills (Morgan actually introduced Mills to the Beatles legend back in 1999, but now dubs her “one of the world's great gold diggers”), MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, and Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair.
Morgan hasn’t announced what he’ll do next, but those pastures new await.