CNN’s Piers Morgan wrapped up the last episode of his show Friday with a final punch at the NRA and a plea for Americans to take action on gun control.
The embattled self-titled interview-style show was cancelled by the network due to its lackluster ratings. Critics said the British native was out of touch with American culture and issues.
Morgan began his sign-off by thanking his staff and the network for the opportunity to work on his own show, which was meant to replace the legendary Larry King time slot.
“We gave everything we had and loved every minute of it. Well, almost every minute of it,” Morgan said.
His sign-off then turned into a political commmentary on gun control. He said he respects Americans and agreed with a statement his brother, a Colonel in the Royal British Army, said, “You always want an American next to you in a trench when the going gets tough.”
“But that’s where I think guns belong, on a military battlefield” Morgan added. “Not in the hands of civilians.”
He called gun violence a “disease” inflicting the country.
“The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly [sic] silence even when 20 children are blown away in their classrooms,” said Morgan.
Morgan has been criticised for his anti-gun stance. In a January 2013 interview with conservative talk show host Dana Loesch and Scottie Hughes, a woman whose brother was a victim of gun violence, Morgan lost his interview composure arguing for strict gun control laws. He crumpled his notes and ended the interview.
On Friday, however, Morgan appealed to his audience that his views were for the good of the American people.
“I’m so pro-American I want more of you to stay alive,” he said.