Piers Morgan is ‘the leper with the most fingers’ at CNN
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In the November issue of Vanity Fair, Sarah Ellison profiles CNN host and Larry King heir Piers Morgan.
Vanity Fair put the story online today, and a spokesperson was promoting it to reporters with pullouts of some Morgan quotes about CNN's neverending ratings woes:
"We are the leper with the most fingers,” someone who works on Morgan’s program tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Sarah Ellison. “At the end of the first year, we were significantly up on Larry [King]’s first year on the demo and the total audience,” Morgan says. “The last three months were pretty awful for the network. However, to put it in perspective, I have the highest total viewers in the three-month period of anybody at CNN. I’ve only been there 18 months. So, although I became a poster boy for horrific ratings for the last three months, in perspective, I still have the highest audience. So I’m not getting the bunting out and I’m not pouring myself champagne. But I’m not burying my head in my hands, either.”
You can read the rest here.
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