CNN host Piers Morgan, the British host who has often lectured his American audience about the need for stricter gun control, is losing his 9 p.m. weeknights show.
New York Times media writer David Carr scoops that Morgan and CNN President Jeff Zucker "had been talking about the show's failure to connect and had decided to pull the plug, probably in March." Carr writes:
'It's been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,' [Morgan] said, adding that although there had been times when the show connected in terms of audience, slow news days were problematic.
'Look, 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,' he said. 'That's run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.'
Morgan preached against guns so extensively that at one point more than 100,000 Americans signed an online petition asking to have Morgan deported. According to the complaint Morgan was allegedly "engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights."
The petition had so many signatures that it's one of the few to trigger an official White House response - " saying, of course, that Morgan was not being deported.
The New York Times's Carr suggests it's not surprising Morgan's show failed in America.
Having grown up in the Midwest, I know that many people come by their guns honestly and hold onto them dearly for sincere reasons.
Mr. Morgan's approach to gun regulation was more akin to King George III, peering down his nose at the unruly colonies and wondering how to bring the savages to heel. He might have wanted to recall that part of the reason the right to bear arms is codified in the Constitution is that Britain was trying to disarm the citizenry at the time.
Via The New York Times.