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Piers Morgan Announces Official CNN Exit, Says It's to Time to Try "Pastures New"

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It's official: Piers Morgan and CNN are done. The host took to Twitter to confirm he was leaving the news network.

"BREAKING NEWS: I am no longer a @CNN employee. I was offered a new 2-year deal by @CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview 'specials,'" he tweeted. "But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it—and to try pastures new. I had a fantastic time in my 4 years @CNN and have huge respect for Jeff & all the people who work there. Great company, great network."

MORE: CNN cancels Piers Morgan Live

He continued his series of tweets with a barb at the National Rifle Association. "I wouldn't crack the champagne open too quickly thought, @NRA—I haven't finished with you lot yet. If I'm to be remembered for anything at @CNN—I'd like it to be this," he tweeted with a link to the below video.

Morgan hosted Piers Morgan Live (also known as Piers Morgan Tonight) on CNN from 2011 to 2014. He replaced Larry King in the prime-time slot. The show was canceled in early 2014 with low ratings sighted as the reason.  At the time of the show's cancellation, Morgan confirmed he and Zucker were discussing a new role for him on the network, but as he shared today on Twitter, that didn't pan out.

Morgan, a journalist, was also a reality TV fixture for a time. He appeared as a judge on Britain's Got Talent, America's Got Talent and won his season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

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