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CNN Puts New Piers Morgan Show on Hold

Date August 05, 2011
Piers Morgan The phone-hacking scandal that's engulfing News Corp.'s assets in the U.K. is threatening to take down another high-profile figure.

British newspapers are reporting that 'America's Got Talent' judge Piers Morgan may have lost out on a new show he's been developing for CNN.

According to 'The Daily Star' worried CNN executives have put the new show...

Piers Morgan The phone-hacking scandal that's engulfing News Corp.'s assets in the U.K. is threatening to take down another high-profile figure.

British newspapers are reporting that 'America's Got Talent' judge Piers Morgan may have lost out on a new show he's been developing for CNN.

According to 'The Daily Star' worried CNN executives have put the new show on hold as the hacking net threatens to close around the former tabloid newspaper editor.

Sources claim the news-based program would have run in tandem with his nightly CNN chat show, 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' and was part of the deal he signed back in September 2010 when he took over from Larry King.

A CNN insider reportedly said "It is felt best to put the new show on hold at least until things settle down."

Pressure is mounting on Morgan to return to the U.K. to answer some uncomfortable questions concerning allegations that tabloid newspapers illegally hacked into phones.

A former print journalist, Morgan made a name for himself in the newspaper world, serving as editor of now-shuttered 'News of the World' and editor-in-chief of 'The Daily Mirror.' He was fired from the 'Mirror' for publishing fake photos of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.

Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has publicly accused Morgan of bragging about listening to other people's personal voicemails. She also told the BBC's 'Newsnight' program that a Mirror Group journalist told her he'd hacked her phone while Morgan was editor of 'The Daily Mirror.'

Morgan has previously referred to Millsas "one of the world's great gold diggers," and in a statement refuting her claims, he insisted: "To reiterate, I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, nor to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone."

But the controversy is refusing to die down and now McCartney says he intends to contact police in the U.K. over his ex-wife's claims.

The former Beatle told TV journalists in Cincinnati, Ohio: "I will be talking to [the police] about that, I don't think it's great. I do think it is a horrendous violation of privacy, and I do think it's been going on a long time, and I do think more people than we know knew about it."

"But," he added. "I think I should just listen and hear what the facts are before I comment."

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