Larry King hosted his CNN show Larry King Live for a lengthy 25 years before stepping down. In just three short years, his replacement, Piers Morgan killed it with plummeting ratings and his persistent diatribes against the American right to bear arms. In the end, not just gun owners, but Americans in general wisely tuned out.
In a New York Times interview, even Morgan admitted it was his push for Britain-style gun laws in this country that proved his undoing.
“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” he said. “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.”
“If only I didn’t care so passionately about guns, perhaps I wouldn’t have chased away a grand American audience,” The Guardian quoted him as saying in another article.
However, in addition to his repeat attack on American gun owners, Morgan has to place some of the blame on his self-pity coupled with his boorish behavior when he couldn’t get guests to agree with his views. He resorted to calling one of his guests “a very stupid, stupid man” reminiscent of the childish Pee-Wee Herman scene where Herman says “I know you are but what am I?”
America’s overwhelming distaste for Morgan has been echoed beyond the canceling of his show by a White House petition to have the show host deported. It’s more symbolic of America’s distaste for the former show host than something that is ever likely to happen, but to date, more than 109,000 people have signed the petition.
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