After six years on the judges’ panel, Piers Morgan announced Wednesday that he will leave America’s Got Talent to focus on his CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight.
“Turned out that juggling’s harder than it looks, so I’m going to focus on CNN,” he wrote on Twitter.
Morgan has judged America’s Got Talent since its inception in 2006, and for a time simultaneously appeared as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.
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He was the only original judge left on the American incarnation of the talent competition. Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel remain at the judges’ table; it is presently unclear who will replace Morgan.
When America’s Got Talent came onto the scene, Morgan appeared to be the show’s answer to the seemingly ubiquitous notion that every reality competition needs a snarky British guy.
Though not nearly as cutting as Talent producer Simon Cowell (who was contractually obliged to FOX, precluding him from appearing on Talent), Morgan offered a crucial balance of opinion and energy for the show.
Morgan thanked NBC and his “great friend Simon Cowell” on his CNN show and said he wanted “to congratulate Sharon, Howie and Nick, who will doubtless be very relieved to learn they no longer have to work with me.”