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October 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Former CNN host Piers Morgan is blaming Anderson Cooper for the poor ratings that led to his being axed. Morgan, whose show was bookended by Cooper’s at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. told columnist Dylan Byers: "Could I have done with a better lead-in? Yes. … Anderson is a great field reporter, but does he drive big ratings at CNN, outside of a big news cycle? I don’t see any evidence of it. And yet, the whole bank was being bet on him at 8 and 10 o’clock." (A CNN spokesperson later responded: "For the 2 1/2 years that AC 360 served as the lead-in to Piers Morgan’s program on CNN, it always delivered a higher rating than Piers program. And for the 7 months that Piers Morgan’s program led into AC 360, 360 always delivered a higher rating than Piers’s program. It is sad that Piers is trying to find a new job by misrepresenting how he performed in his old one,") In a column for the Hollywood Reporter, Morgan went on to say that he had urged CNN President Jeff Zucker to hire Megyn Kelly to replace Cooper at 8:00 p.m. "I suggested to Jeff that Megyn Kelly would be a perfect prime-time star for CNN — young, beautiful, slick, razor smart, bursting with opinions, humor and authority," Morgan wrote on Wednesday. "I was convinced she’d give me a much better lead-in than Anderson Cooper, who for all his qualities as a reporter is stiff in a studio and gets annihilated in the ratings every night by [Bill] O’Reilly."