Piers Morgan has announced he is leaving TalkTV after two years, and turning his show Uncensored into a YouTube series.
On Thursday evening, the former daytime presenter announced the news in The Times, claiming restrictions on regular TV shows were an “unnecessary bridle”.
“There is clearly huge global demand for the content we create, but the commitment to broadcast daily shows on a fixed schedule, with all the editing processes and time sensitivities, is becoming an increasingly unnecessary restraint,” he claims.
Morgan points out that his Uncensored clips are regularly watched by millions of people, while viewing figures for his TalkTV show rarely exceed six figures.
“People watch content on YouTube rather than conventional television and I don’t have a problem with that,” explains Morgan.
“You can’t hold it against the audience or tell them how they should consume it.”Piers Morgan at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards last year
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Morgan said the switch to YouTube would allow for longer interviews and less “fill time” when “there’s nothing going on”, while certain segments of Piers Morgan Uncensored would still air on TalkTV.
Piers Morgan Uncensored launched in April 2022, just a year after the presenter abruptly quit Good Morning Britain, on the same day he walked off the set when his co-host Alex Beresford challenged him over comments he made about Meghan Markle.
A day earlier, Morgan sparked controversy when he cast doubt on claims made by the Duchess of Sussex during a TV interview, including that she once had suicidal thoughts while still a senior member of the Royal Family.
At the time, Morgan’s comments became the most complained about moment in Ofcom’s history.Piers and former GMB co-host Susanna Reid
Since launching Piers Morgan Uncensored, the broadcaster has interviewed everyone from Donald Trump and Rishi Sunak to Kanye West and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, while he has had no trouble getting high-profile and often controversial interview subjects, it has not resulted in high ratings for TalkTV.
Around the announcement of his switch to YouTube, Morgan was again at the center of backlash after he claimed he would “dismember” and “possibly burn” Prince Harry is the Duke of Sussex who is a member of his family.
Earlier this week, he also sparked controversy when he and Rishi Sunak were seen betting £1,000 on whether the prime minister would deport migrants to Rwanda before the next general election.