Piers Morgan Signs New Deal With His First Boss, Rupert Murdoch
The television host’s last job came to an end when he stormed off the set. Under the new deal, he will host a show and write a column.,
Piers Morgan signs a new deal with his first boss, Rupert Murdoch.
- Sept. 16, 2021, 12:06 p.m. ET
Piers Morgan, the British TV host and onetime tabloid editor, is back in the Murdoch fold.
In a news release on Thursday, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and Fox News announced that Mr. Morgan will host a TV show on its new British channel, talkTV, which will start early next year. The program will also appear on the Fox Nation streaming service in the United States (though not on the Fox News Channel) and Sky News Australia.
A showman and journalist with a penchant for Twitter spats, Mr. Morgan, 56, has had a long and varied career, having put in time as a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” a prime time CNN host and the top editor of Mr. Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
Most recently, he hosted ITV’s “Good Morning Britain,” a role that came to an end in March, when he stormed off the set after his co-host admonished him for his negative comments on Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. The day before his walk-off, Mr. Morgan suggested on air that she had lied in her bombshell CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey about her mental health issues and how other members of the royal family had treated her.
His return to Mr. Murdoch’s empire comes more than three decades after he started his career on the celebrity beat for The Sun, a Murdoch tabloid. As part of his deal, Mr. Morgan will also write weekly columns for The Sun and Mr. Murdoch’s New York tabloid, The New York Post. HarperCollins, another Murdoch property, will publish his next book.
In a statement, Mr. Murdoch called him “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.”
On Thursday, Mr. Morgan posted a photo on Twitter of himself next to Mr. Murdoch. “I’ve gone home.” he wrote. “Great to be rejoining Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation after 28 years. The place I started my media career, with the boss who gave me my first big break.”