Piers Morgan leaving 'America's Got Talent'

There will be one less lippy Brit on the competition shows next year: Piers Morgan announced today that he’s leaving NBC’s America’s Got Talent to focus on his CNN gig.

He tweeted this today: “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 also announced his plans to leave on his cable show — first by joking to the Movie Academy that he was “available” to host the Oscars.

“I’ve loved every single second,” Morgan said of the talent show. “I’m going to focus on what will be a huge year here at CNN with the upcoming election.” He also thanked his “great friend” Simon Cowell for the opportunity, and congratulated fellow co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel — along with host Nick Cannon — for the relief they must be feeling for no longer having to work with him.

Morgan began hosting his eponymous show on CNN last January in the timeslot previously occupied by Larry King Live.


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