Shortly after announcing Larry King’s death on Saturday 23 January, Pearce Morgan opened fire on social media for a Twitter tribute to the veteran journalist.
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Initially, Morgan simply shared a picture of King and the words, “RIP Larry King, 87. A television legend.” But he followed that post with a tweet that was slammed as “crass,” “tasteless,” and “abusive”.
Tweet After Morgan was given King’s slot on CNN in 2011, there was reference to bad blood between the two after turning on “Larry King Live”, which King hosted from 1985 to 2010 on “Pierce Morgan Live”. It also included a dig at the king’s many marriages.
“Larry King was a hero of mine, until we fell out after I replaced him on CNN and he said my show was’ like watching your mother-in-law go to a cliff in your new Bentley,” Morgan’s second tweet began. “(She married an 8-in-law mother-in-law expert) but she was a brilliant broadcaster and master TV interviewer.”
Twitter was collectively harassed by the post, with Morgan’s name briefly trending on the stage, as users criticized him for turning the TV icon’s death into an opportunity for self-promotion and humiliation.
One user wrote in the comment, “No wonder he fell out with you, you are trying to grab 5 minutes of fame through the previous association.”
“Who does the day someone died ???” Asked another.
Many of Morgan’s media mates were offended, as well.
Beta host Mark LaMont told Morgan that his tweet was “tasteless”, and asked: “Why take individual shots at once like this? Just say something of the sort. Or say nothing.”[s] That.”
Writer Dave Grazibowski commented, “What a dumb and insulting tweet.”
Others pulled Morgan for being self-serving and unfair. Some co-host fans of “Good Morning Britain”, however, defended him.
One person wrote in the comment, “It’s honest and you’ve found a way to keep it respectable. I appreciate it. Hate stuff.”
Morgan agreed with the compliment.
“Me too,” he wrote. “Larry hated me taking his place on CNN and never made any secret of it, which left me very sad because he was one of my heroes – but I still think he’s a brilliant broadcaster and of all time Was one of the TV giants. “
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According to data collected by Wikipedia, “Larry King Live” was CNN’s “most watched program and longest running program”.
“Pearce Morgan Live”, meanwhile, was canceled due to a steady decline in 2014, exactly three years after its premiere.
King – who won two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, and nearly a dozen Cable ACE Awards during his nearly 50-year-long career – died after being hospitalized in Los Angeles for complications due to Kovid-19.
He has struggled with a number of health issues in recent years, including heart attack, a stroke, diabetes, and lung cancer. Raja was 87 years old.