The British Anchor Piers Morgan on Tuesday announced that his CNN contract had expired after he turned down a 40 part-interview series offered to him by the broadcaster’s president, Jeff Zucker.
Speaking on Twitter, Morgan informed his 4 million followers that his time at the American news corporation had only just concluded despite his talk-show, which replaced Larry King’s prime-time show, being cancelled over half a year ago.
The brash British presenter remained on the payroll as CNN tried to negotiate a future project, however, with a single tweet the former tabloid editor announced his departure from the network.
In further tweets, Morgan added: “I was offered a new two-year deal by the CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview ‘specials’ but after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it – and to try pastures new.
“I had a fantastic time in my four years at CNN and have huge respect for Jeff and all the people who work there. Great company, great network.”
To many on the social network, the announcement was Morgan’s way of telling potential employers he is ready for a new position.
The controversial presenter’s talk show, Piers Morgan Live, took a ratings dive in the US – partly because of his stance on gun control, which saw him clash with radio host, Alex Jones, in a timeless interview.
His authority on American social issues has been met with raised eyebrows from peers and audiences alike. “Piers Morgan Tonight” was cancelled in February after suffering continually low ratings.