Piers Morgan axed from CNN: Just how much does Twitter hate its biggest A-list troll?
The former Mirror editor feels the wrath of hundreds of followers who rejoice at the news his US TV show has been axed
The thing is, when you spend the majority of your social media life terrorising footballers (ask Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney for details), starting feuds with other TV personalities (Jeremy Clarkson, Lord Sugar) and slamming transgender activists (Janet Mock), you tend to get a reputation for being a bit of a troll.
And that’s exactly what Twitter considers Piers Morgan to be, if the posts rejoicing in the axing of his show, Piers Morgan Live, from US channel CNN are anything to go by.
"It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings," Morgan told the New York Times on Sunday, candidly confirming the reports.
Morgan’s axing was down to a number of reasons – including the fact he’d spent the last year relentlessly hammering supporters of gun rights in America, particularly the National Rifle Association (NRA), in the wake of the Newtown school massacre in Connecticut that killed 27 people.
His heavy-handed approach to the issue provoked so much anger, a petition signed by 109,000 people was delivered to the White House demanding he be deported back to the UK as a result.
Meanwhile, his sensational coverage of other sensitive topics, such as transgenderism, curried little favour with his more liberal audience members.
But it seems the trolling karma has come back three-fold on the former Daily Mirror editor, who has been trending on the micro-blogging site since news of his latest career nosedive first hit the headlines.
Of course, the award for the best response to ‘Piers Morgan gets sacked’ goes to Jobsite, for this ingenious PR stunt:
We'll always do our best to help anyone find a new job. With one exception. pic.twitter.com/qgUyebpw0yJobsite UK (@JobsiteUK) February 25, 2014
And an honourable mention goes to GCS Recruitment too, for this gem:
Hey @piersmorgan, feel free to call us. Not to help you find a new job, we just fancy a laugh.GCS Recruitment (@GCSRecruitment) February 25, 2014
While many of Piers' biggest foes have stayed silent in the wake of his axing, others took the opportunity by the throat, shook it, and threw it back into the Twittersphere:
I understand that Nigerian TV is looking for a new chat show host. Anyone got any suggestions?Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) February 24, 2014
Poor Piers Morgan getting sacked. He has the sympathy of a nation, and that nation is Mordor.Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) February 25, 2014
Other news sites ran hilarious spoof articles. Including the ever-brilliant Daily Mash:
Piers Morgan to interview volleyballs in his shed http://t.co/AJbjHi6poeOlivia Solon (@olivia_solon) February 25, 2014
And then there were just the average folk who really, really seem to dislike him:
Just got back to the UK with a dozen bottles of Belgian beer and a news screen at St Pancras tells me Piers Morgan's been sacked. So happy.Mike Jennings (@mikejjennings) February 24, 2014
Dear USA, we hear you sacked @piersmorgan. Just so you know, the UK does not accept returns.Bessemer (@Bessemerband) February 24, 2014
Things that are important to me: 1. Piers Morgan getting sacked 2. These cheese fries 3. Lego MovieAshley Steves (@NoThisIsAshley) February 24, 2014
Even Gandalf got involved in the mass Piers Morgan troll-a-thon:
Feel so sorry for @piersmorgan getting sacked. It's complete discrimination against people with no talent.Gandalf (@Gandalf_Not) February 24, 2014
And a pigeon, too:
I am on a Sofa. The Sofa is in a Canal. Yep. Pretending I have my own Chat Show. The Guests this Week are a Coat, a Biro and Piers Morgan.Jon Pigeon (@PigeonJon) February 24, 2014
And that's before we even scrolled down as far as the football jokes:
IRONY: Piers Morgan has been sacked before Arsene Wenger.Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) February 24, 2014
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