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Pietersen tweets support for Piers after US show axed

Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has tweeted his support of Piers Morgan after the former tabloid editor's US talk show was cancelled by CNN.

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Piers 'looking on bright side of life' after US show axe

Piers Morgan has tweeted a response to news that CNN is to cancel his talk show in the US.

The former tabloid editor tweeted a link to Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Adding: "P.S I blame Kevin Pietersen".

Clarkson 'strangely contented' after Piers Morgan axe

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says he is "strangely contented" after hearing the news that US network CNN will cancel Piers Morgan's primetime chat show.

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I'm feeling strangely contented this morning. I wonder if something wonderful has happened somewhere.

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I understand that Nigerian TV is looking for a new chat show host. Anyone got any suggestions?

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Hmm. Morgan has told us for years that his ratings are sky high. So obv he wasn't sacked for that reason. Why else could it be, I wonder?

The pair have enjoyed an intense rivalry for a number of years including the revelation that Clarkson punched Morgan at the 2004 Press Awards.

CNN confirms end of Piers Morgan's talkshow

CNN has confirmed that Piers Morgan's talkshow will end, but said the date of the final show has yet to be decided.

Morgan succeeded Larry King in the time slot three years ago, but his show has suffered lacklustre ratings.

Piers Morgan is to leave his CNN show after a fall in ratings. Credit: PA Wire

The former tabloid editor told the New York Times that he had discussed a new role on CNN with president Jeff Zucker after admitting his show had experienced a "painful period".

The US TV network did not comment on the 48-year-old's future with the channel.

A petition calling for Morgan to be deported over his vocal support for anti-gun legislation attracted over 109,000 signatures.

Piers Morgan's CNN show 'cancelled as ratings fall'

Piers Morgan is set to step down from his CNN show in March, reports suggest.

The former Daily Mirror editor told the New York Times that falling ratings and his anti-gun campaign had led to the decision to cancel "Piers Morgan Live".

Piers Morgan is to leave his CNN show after a fall in ratings. Credit: PA Wire

"It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Morgan told David Carr, a media columnist for the paper.

"Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarising, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” he added.

The former Britain's Got Talent judge, who replaced Larry King in the prime time slot in 2011, admitted that he spoken to CNN president Jeffrey Zucker for some time about "different ways of using me.”

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Mensch: Journalists told me hacking was 'widespread'

Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch, who was a member of the parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking, said journalists told her that the practice was "widespread" within the industry.

Ms Mensch said: "I remember during the parliamentary inquiry into hacking, I was very clear, journalists were coming to me all the time saying this was a widespread practice in Fleet Street, and the further we get into it the more true that becomes."

Earlier, it was revealed that former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan was questioned under caution last December about phone hacking but was not arrested.

Read: Morgan has denied any involvement in phone hacking

Piers Morgan's latest brush with hacking inquiry

Piers Morgan has confirmed he was questioned by police about phone hacking at the Mirror newspaper group - although it is not the first he has been linked to the hacking scandal.

Piers Morgan has confirmed he was questioned by police about phone hacking in December
Piers Morgan has confirmed he was questioned by police about phone hacking in December Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In his memoirs, published in 2003, the former Daily Mirror editor appeared to suggest he knew all about phone hacking, and he then repeated those stories to the media when he gave interviews.

Then he appeared before Lord Leveson at his inquiry in late 2012, and said that absolutely no hacking took place under his editorship at the Daily Mirror, going back on all those earlier suggestions.

Morgan is now based in the US, but flew back to the UK in December to be questioned by police, after being approached by officers belonging to Operation Golding which was set up to look into voice message interception.

The Mirror Group deny that any kind of hacking occurred at their newspaper group.

Read: Morgan has denied any involvement in phone hacking

Morgan spokesperson confirms hacking interview

Piers Morgan has confirmed that he was interviewed by officers investigating phone hacking in December.

Metropolitan Police said a 48-year-old journalist was "interviewed under caution", although a spokesman refused to confirm the name of the individual.

In a statement to The Guardian through a spokesperson, Mr Morgan said:

In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting when I was next in the UK.

This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested on 6 December 2013.

Morgan, who is now a presenter on CNN, was editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 until 2004.

Piers Morgan questioned by phone hacking police

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan. Credit: PA Wire

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been questioned under caution about phone hacking, Press Association sources have confirmed.

"A 48-year-old man, a journalist, was interviewed under caution on 6 December 2013 by officers from Operation Golding in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails," a Metropolitan Police spokesman told ITV News.

"He was interviewed by appointment at a south London police station. He was not arrested."

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