Piers Morgan has announced his “uncensored” show is moving from TalkTV to YouTube, citing the “unnecessary straitjacket” of TV programming.
In an interview with The temperature, Morgan said he would now focus on growing the “uncensored” YouTube channel, which has more than 2.3 million subscribers. “Uncensored” has aired at 8 p.m. on TalkTV for the past two years.
“It’s clear that there is huge global demand for the content we produce, but committing to a daily show on a fixed schedule, with all the editing and time sensitivities that entails, has been a straitjacket increasingly unnecessary force,” Morgan told the Times. .
He cited controversial podcast host Joe Rogan, who posts his full interviews on YouTube, as his inspiration for making the decision.
“People watch content on YouTube rather than conventional television and I have no problem with that. You can’t challenge the audience or tell them how they should consume,” Morgan said, adding that the change allows him to conduct longer interviews.
“I could happily interview Elon Musk for three or four hours tomorrow and the public would enjoy it,” Morgan told the Times. “But the nighttime restriction of having to enter a studio at 8 p.m. when sometimes nothing is happening and literally fill the time? Nobody wants that. The question becomes: why do it?
Ditching traditional television formats has become a trend among conservative hosts, with Tucker Carlson launching his own show through X, formerly known as Twitter, before launching the digital platform Tucker Carlson Network. On Thursday evening, Carlson released a two-hour interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Morgan is known for stirring up controversy with his outspoken comments, particularly those regarding Meghan Markle. In March 2021, his criticism of Oprah's interview with Markle and Prince Harry on “Good Morning Britain” led him to leave the program. Ofcom received more than 57,000 complaints about Morgan's comments, although he was ultimately cleared.
Morgan's most recent interview aimed at stoking debate is with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in which he appears to accept a £1,000 bet that his deportation flights to Rwanda will take off before the next general election. Sunak later told BBC Radio 5 Live that he was “not a punter” and that he “was totally taken by surprise in that interview”.