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Piers Morgan Quits 'America's Got Talent,' Offers to Host the Oscars

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 10th 2011 5:55AM
Piers Morgan, 'AGT'Piers Morgan has announced that he's quitting 'America's Got Talent' in order to concentrate on his CNN show. Morgan -- who's one of the original judges on the NBC show -- Tweeted "I'm leaving America's Got Talent after 6 wonderful years. Turned out that juggling's harder than it looks, so I'm going to focus on CNN." He then confirmed the news on 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' joking that he's also now available to host the Oscars.

He went on, "Big thanks to NBC, Fremantle, and of course, my friend Simon Cowell, for giving me such a great opportunity. It's been a blast." He also congratulated his colleagues on the show -- Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon: "You don't have to put up with me any more!"

It's not the first time Morgan's quit as a judge to spend more time with his CNN show. He stepped down from the UK version, 'Britain's Got Talent,' in September 2010 when he was named as Larry King's successor. He was replaced on 'BGT' -- albeit briefly -- by 'AGT' judge David Hasselhoff who moved across the pond after four seasons on 'AGT.' His seat on the 'AGT' panel was filled by Mandel.

Confirming his departure on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' Morgan opened by addressing Eddie Murphy's resignation yesterday as host of the 2012 Oscars. He quipped "Well, members of the academy, I'm available. In fact, my schedule just cleared a bit."

Morgan went on to say that he's enjoyed "every single second" of his time on 'AGT,' but that he's now chosen to focus on his work at CNN in what will be a huge year leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

Although 'Piers Morgan Tonight' has generally grabbed better ratings than 'Larry King Live' was getting in its last months, the show has enjoyed a roller-coaster ride in the numbers, and it consistently comes in third place behind Sean Hannity on Fox News and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Can Morgan's fulltime attention bump his show into poll position? Only time will tell.

There's been no word yet on who'll replace Morgan on 'AGT.' Hey, if things don't work out for his new Las Vegas show, then maybe The Hoff could replace him again. Then again, Cheryl Cole hasn't been doing much since she was dropped from 'American Idol' ...

Will you miss Piers Morgan on 'America's Got Talent?' Who do you think should replace him on the judging panel?

Follow Catherine on Twitter: @TVClaw.



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Aunt Bonnie

No, I won't miss him...he has no talent and an elitist attitude that I can do without....I don't watch in on CNN either....Is everyone impressed with his English accent? I lived in England for years and he does not impress me at all.

November 11 2011 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
welcome

If you do not already know, Morgan worked for Rupert Murdoch...and it will become appparent eventually that he was heavily involved in the crap that news corporation is responsible for. He may well get deported unless he calls in a lot of favours. This man is every thing bad that embarress other brits....add simon cowell to that list as well.

November 11 2011 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
D M

America got fools!! And they watch this trash! Glad my cable TV is GONE! 95% of the crap on TV is CRAP!

November 10 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ANGELA

He is the type of person people love to hate , and there has to be a bad guy on every show..its probably going to be boring without him..i hope they find a similar person to take his place..

November 10 2011 at 3:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ELZA

AMERICA 'S GOT TALENT...........YES IT DOES SO WHY DO WE NEED A IMMIGRANT ON OUR NATIONAL NETWORK
SHOW

November 10 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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gammcmahon

Because nobody in the UK wants him. In 2004 when he was editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper he was found to be responsible for the publishing of photographs of UK troops torturing suspected terrorists in Iraq. Only problem was, the photographs were fakes, created by the paper just to sell more copies. He is a vile and disgusting man. The people of the UK were glad to get rid of him ! !

November 10 2011 at 4:41 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ELZA

AMERICA 'S GOT TALENT...........YES IT DOES SO WHY DO WE NEED A IMMIGRANT ON OUR NATIONAL NETWORK
SHOW

November 10 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ELZA

AMERICA 'S GOT TALENT...........YES IT DOES SO WHY DO WE NEED A IMMIGRANT ON OUR NATIONAL NETWORK
SHOW

November 10 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
safety man

He won't be missed because he gave the X to just about everyone.
A Very Boring Man that could go back to England and in a week or less No One would even remember him.
Sharon and Howie are not going to miss him at all,
Let's hope they replace him with "Prince Poppycock"

November 10 2011 at 2:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
bademento

Morgan comes across as the person he is, arrogant, ponpous, and whatever other words anyone can think of. On his show, he constantly talks when he should be listening, getting ready to jump in, change the subject, etc.
He does not know how to conduct an American Interview. He is a selfish interviewer.

November 10 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mdg0148

americans got no steenkin talent

November 10 2011 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ANGELA

your not right!

November 10 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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