Piers Morgan Live has been cancelled after a three-year partnership between Piers Morgan and CNN.
The host and TV personality signed off in controversial fashion by lashing out against gun violence in America. In his monologue, Piers Morgan criticized the National Rifle Association and gun laws in the U.S.
Here is the full transcript of Piers Morgan’s monologue:
I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater, and then, just a few months later, 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, the absurd gun laws in this country would change. But nothing has happened.
The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly, supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms.This is a shameful situation that has made me very angry. So angry, in fact, that some people have criticized me for being too loud, opinionated, even rude when I have debated the issue of guns. But I make no apologies for that.”
As Sir Winston Churchill said: ‘If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.’
My point is simple: More guns doesn’t mean less crime, as the NRA repeatedly says. It means more gun violence, death and profits for the gun manufacturers. And to those who claim my gun control campaigning has been “anti-American,” the reverse is true. I am so pro-American that I want more of you to stay alive. But I’ve made my point. I’ve given it a tremendous whack. Now it’s down to you. It’s your country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!
Goodnight, thank you, and God bless America. Oh, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain too.
Piers Morgan took over the old Larry King Live time slot in CNN with Piers Morgan Live. However, Morgan’s show failed to live up to expectations and had low ratings over the years.
Jake Tapper, Don Lemon and other CNN anchors will fill the 9 p.m. time slot until a replacement is named.