Piers Morgan continued his campaign for more gun control in America until the last moment, as he signed off from his CNN show, Piers Morgan Live, for the last time.
Well, the title of the show may have included the word “live,” but, in reality, the show was dying, as ratings plummeted. Morgan took over the slot previously occupied by veteran presenter Larry King in January 2011.
One of the reasons for the show’s diminishing ratings may well be the British expat’s apparent obsession with American gun control laws and the activities of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Piers Morgan was criticized heavily for his British background, which was perceived as being out of touch with American culture and values.
He even described the situation himself as being “a British guy debating American cultural issues,” and said that there many viewers who were “tired of me banging on about it.”
Morgan ended up by thanking his staff and CNN for the opportunity to work on his own show, “We gave everything we had and loved every minute of it. Well, almost every minute of it,” Morgan quipped.
His sign-off then became political on the subject of the gun control laws. He said he respects Americans and agreed with his brother, a Colonel in the British Army, who had said, “You always want an American next to you in a trench when the going gets tough.”
Morgan used this statement to emphasize his point, saying, “But that’s where I think guns belong, on a military battlefield. Not in the hands of civilians.”
He described gun violence as a “disease” inflicting the country, and continued: “The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly silence even when 20 children are blown away in their classrooms.
In a January 2013 interview with conservative talk show host Dana Loesch and Scottie Hughes, a woman whose brother was a victim of gun violence, Piers Morgan finally lost it.
In arguing for strict gun control laws, Morgan’s composure collapsed, and he finished the interview abruptly by crumpling up his notes.
Morgan tried to persuade his final audience on Friday that his views were for the good of the American people.
“I’m so pro-American I want more of you to stay alive,” he said.
Alive, yes – but not necessarily on his show. Since taking over from Larry King, Piers Morgan famously banned a number of celebrities from appearing on his show.
The “blacklist” included Madonna, her manager, Guy Oseary, Kelsey Grammar, and Hugh Grant. In the case of Grant, Morgan tweeted: ” Hugh Grant is now banned, in perpetuity from @Piers Tonight, and anything else I ever do. Tedious little man.”
As a talk-show host, it seems that Piers Morgan has not yet learned the lesson of “how to win friends and influence people.”
But, then those were the words of an American.