Former CNN host Piers Morgan joins MailOnline as US editor


Former CNN host Piers Morgan has found a new home.

Morgan has been hired by British tabloid Daily Mail as U.S. editor-at-large of MailOnline, the paper announced Tuesday morning.

The bombastic former editor-in-chief of the now-defunct News of the World was recently fired by CNN after four-years of poor ratings while serving as host of "Piers Morgan Live," the primetime interview program that replaced "Larry King Live" when the venerable personality retired in 2010.

Morgan "will write several times each week, bringing his own experience and perspective to bear on the big US stories of the moment," the paper said.

His caustic takes on American policies from gun control to fast food are what many believe led to his perennial low ratings on CNN, but MailOnline's audience is global.

He will also contribute a weekly column to the Daily Mail's Mail on Sunday and continue hosting "Piers Morgan's Life Stories" on Britain's ITV, according to the announcement.

Morgan called MailOnline an "addictive pleasure" that has "become his first stop for news each morning and multiple times throughout the day."

MailOnline publisher and editor-in-chief Martin Clarke called Morgan "a fantastic addition" to the site and hailed his decades of print experience prior to joining MailOnline.

Reaction on social media was mixed.

One person called it a "match made in heaven" and another said it was "journalistic ebola."

Morgan took the vitriol in stride, joking that the Guardian and Times of London could not afford him when called a loser by at least one Twitter heckler.

MailOnline is the most-read online English newspaper in the world. It claims 180 million unique visitors per month. About 60 million of those come from the U.S.

The site also recently hired BuzzFeed's Jon Steinberg as Chief Financial Officer.

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