Piers Morgan Exits ‘America's Got Talent,’ Jokes About Hosting Oscars (Video)

Morgan said juggling NBC and CNN shows turned out to be harder than it looks

Piers Morgan, one of the original judges on "America’s Got Talent," announced Wednesday night he is leaving the show to concentrate on his prime time CNN show “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

Morgan tweeted the news around 6:20 p.m. PT: “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.”

Morgan also thanked NBC, FremantleMedia and one of the show's creators, Simon Cowell, for the opportunity. In a moment of self-deprecation, he also congratulated his co-hosts for being rid of him.

Morgan, a former newspaper editor for various British publications, was a judge on the show when it launched in 2006. He then replaced Larry King on CNN in 2010.

Also read: CNN: Piers Morgan Taking Larry King's Seat in January

Morgan made the official announcement on his CNN show, leading off with an offer to host the Oscars.

"In fact, my schedule just cleared up a bit," he joked.

Here's the video:

Morgan's tweets occurred during CNBC’s GOP candidates debate. Maybe the candidates convinced him politics is just more fun.