Piers Morgan: Exits from judging panel of 'America's Got Talent'
Broadcaster Piers Morgan is stepping down from the judging panel of America's Got Talent.
The television star, who judges the NBC reality talent show alongside Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, intends to devote more time to Piers Morgan Tonight.
"I can exclusively reveal that I'm leaving America's Got Talent," Morgan said during Wednesday's (November 9) episode of the CNN talkshow.
"I've been a judge since the shows began six years ago. I've loved every single second, but discovered that juggling - to my surprise - really is a bit more difficult than I thought, so I am going to focus on what will be a huge year at CNN with the upcoming election."
Morgan thanked X Factor judge Simon Cowell for the "wonderful opportunity" to serve on the show, and jokingly congratulated colleagues Osbourne, Mandel and host Nick Cannon "who will doubtless be very relieved to learn they no longer have to work with me".
The former newspaper editor began hosting Piers Morgan Tonight in January 2011, stepping into the timeslot vacated by Larry King.
He stepped down from the panel of ITV1's Britain's Got Talent in 2010 in order to take up his role on CNN.
Morgan had sat on the Britain's Got Talent panel with Amanda Holden - now the only judge from the show's original lineup - and Cowell.