Piers Morgan leaves 'America's Got Talent'

5:24 PM, Nov 10, 2011   |    comments
Piers Morgan announces he is leaving 'America's Got Talent' (CNN)
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(CNN) -- As we wait to hear who will host the Oscars, Piers Morgan has announced that he just might be available.

As the CNN host put it on Wednesday's show, "his schedule has cleared a little bit" since he's no longer going to be a judge on "America's Got Talent."

"I've been a judge since the show began six years ago, and I've loved every single second," Morgan said. "I've discovered that juggling, to my surprise, really is a bit more difficult than I thought."

Instead, he's going to focus more on the upcoming "huge year" at CNN thanks to the 2012 election.

Morgan went on to thank the show's production company and NBC, as well as "my great friend Simon Cowell, for giving me such a wonderful opportunity on that amazing show."

And while he joked that fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel and "AGT" host Nick Cannon "will doubtless be very relieved that they no longer have to work with me," each tweeted their remorse to see Piers make his exit.

While Sharon O. asked Morgan not to depart, Mandel took the news more personally. "I guess I'm more annoying than I thought," he joked, adding that he'll miss his Brit co-judge.

Cannon, meanwhile, fears he may run out of material. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Now who's outfits am I going to make fun of?" he tweeted. "First the FatBoys break up now @PiersMorgan is leaving Americas Got Talent?! We will miss you ol' friend."


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