“Could I have done with a better lead-in? Yes,” Morgan says. “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.
Then there's the October 17th issue of The Hollywood Reporter where he wrote of his attempt to throw Cooper under the bus to the network boss, Jeff Zucker:
I suggested to Jeff (Zucker) that Megyn Kelly would be a perfect primetime star for CNN — young, beautiful, slick, razor smart, bursting with opinions, humor and authority. 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 O'Reilly. Jeff nodded and replied, "I tried to get her."
And his little AC dig on Access Hollywood Tuesday:
As with any PR department worth its salt CNN's had to jump into the fray to defend it's chosen one in a statement to Politico today:
For the two-and-a-half 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’ program. It is sad that Piers is trying to find a new job by misrepresenting how he performed in his old one.
We're still waiting, with bated breath, to see what's coming from Morgan next and will update the post when there's more.
Our take on this? Beware Piers no one is better at caustic, cutting Tweets than Anderson. You are outclassed and definitely outwitted.
It's time for us to make some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show!