Piers Morgan says he has turned down an offer to remain with CNN.
The talk show host’s relationship with the network didn’t officially end with the cancellation of his show in March — but it is over now. Morgan’s contract with the network just ended, and he shared the news on Twitter Tuesday. He said he had turned down an offer from CNN chief Jeff Zucker to host 40 specials over the next two years.
“BREAKING NEWS: I am no longer a @CNN employee,” he wrote. “I was offered a new 2-year deal by @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 4 years @CNN and have huge respect for Jeff & all the people who work there. Great company, great network.”
Morgan, who pushed for gun control during his show, included a message for the National Rifle Association. “I wouldn’t crack the champagne open too quickly though, @NRA — I haven’t finished with you lot yet.”
A CNN source confirmed Morgan’s contract just expired.
Morgan joined CNN in January 2011 as a replacement for Larry King. But Morgan’s show never thrived in the ratings. CNN has since replaced it with a rotating lineup of anchors and specials.