Piers Morgan has confirmed that he won’t be returning for the next season of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ in an effort to spend more time on his CNN show, ‘Piers Morgan Tonight,’ AOL TV is reporting. The television host tweeted the news, saying “I’m leaving ‘America’s Got Talent’ after six wonderful years. Turned out that juggling’s harder than it looks, so I’m going to focus on CNN.’
Morgan also confirmed the news on his CNN talk show, adding “Big thanks to NBC, Fremantle, and of course, my friend Simon Cowell, for giving me such a great opportunity. It’s been a blast.” The ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ winner also joked to his colleagues on the show, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon, that “You don’t have to put up with me any more!”
Also joking on ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ about Eddie Murphy’s departure from hosting the 2012 Oscars, Morgan said “Well, members of the academy, I’m available. In fact, my schedule just cleared a bit.”
Morgan added that he’s enjoyed every second of hosting “America’s Got Talent.” But he wants to focus in what will be a huge year leading up to the 2012 presidential election. There isn’t any word yet who will replace Morgan on ‘America’s Got Talent;’ however, he was briefly replaced by former ‘America’s Got Talent’ co-host David Hasselhoff on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ when he left that show in September 2010, after being named as Larry King’s successor on CNN.
Written by: Karen Benardello