|British TV host Morgan skewered for being ‘boring’ and ‘stupid’
British television host Piers Morgan (Pictured) who has been dumped from his prime time show on CNN, attracted salty comments on social media today.
On Twitter, the handful of Morgan fans were drowned out by the flood of snide and nasty tweets.
“About time,'' read a typical tweet. “He was an idiot, boring, embarrassment.''
“Piers Morgan show being dropped by CNN, a move likely to upset one or maybe even two people,'' read another, AFP reports.
One prolific tweeter not commenting yet was blogger Andrew Sullivan, Morgan's British-born US-based nemesis.
The two have clashed repeatedly. Sullivan has claimed that his rival was a relentless self-promoter tainted by his role in the tabloid phone hacking scandal.
Morgan insists that he's “never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.''
CNN has canned the British host’s show after ratings plunged.
This ends the former UK tabloid editor's three-year run on US television.
Morgan, who irked US gun owners after launching a crusade for greater gun control, struggled after stepping into the shoes of popular host Larry King in the coveted 9:00 pm primetime slot.
“CNN confirms that 'Piers Morgan Live' is ending,'' CNN vice president of communications Barbara Levin told AFP. “The date of the final program is still to be determined.''
King, known for his ability to connect immediately and easily with ordinary Americans, hosted “Larry King Live'' on CNN from 1985 to 2010.
Morgan has admitted in an interview in the New York Times, that his show was underperforming.
“It's been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,'' Morgan said, adding that the show suffered especially on slow news days.
“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 added.
Morgan attracted national attention when he took a tough gun-control stance following the December 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.
Gun rights activists soon posted a petition on the White House website calling for Morgan to be deported for allegedly attacking the Second Amendment rights of ordinary Americans after making anti-gun comments. It gathered 109,334 signatures.
The petition was posted after Morgan told gun advocate Larry Pratt on his show: “You're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you?''