Piers Morgan Leaves CNN "to Try Pastures New," Announces Exit on Twitter

Entertainment Sep. 2, 2014 AT 11:10AM
Piers Morgan leaves CNN Piers Morgan leaves CNN Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Parting is such sweet sorrow! Piers Morgan bid farewell to CNN on Tuesday, Sept. 2, announcing his exit from the network via Twitter.

"BREAKING NEWS: I am no longer a @CNN employee," the newscaster, 49, tweeted Tuesday morning

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He went on to explain that the end of his employment with CNN was his choice. 

"I was offered a new 2-year deal by @CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview 'specials,'" Morgan wrote. "But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it - and to try pastures new."

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The Brit hosted his CNN program Piers Morgan Tonight from 2011 to this past March. He got the opportunity for the show following the end of the long-running Larry King Live. While Morgan's program was canceled due to faltering ratings, he added that there is no bad blood between himself and the network. 

"I had a fantastic time in my 4 years @CNN and have huge respect for Jeff & all the people who work there," the anchor continued. "Great company, great network." 

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As to what's next for the polarizing star, whose contract with CNN just expired, Morgan retweeted a message suggesting he become the lead soccer analyst for Fox Sports, and added that BBC's soccer show Match of the Day "can't afford" him. 

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