Sharon Osbourne to Piers Morgan: 'Please don't go'
"Piers please don't go," Sharon Osbourne tweeted to her more than 750,000 followers on Wednesday night, shortly after Morgan announced that he would leave the NBC show to focus on his CNN hosting gig.
Thursday, she elaborated in another tweet: "I woke up this morning, thought I had a dream that Piers resigned. Now I'm waking up to the reality. Dont go. Never thought I would say this."
The sarcastic Morgan has occasionally clashed with Osbourne on the show, but it's been nothing compared with his feud with fellow judge Howie Mandel, who's pursued a campaign of practical jokes and pranks on his British-born counterpart. That has included hollering into a megaphone outside Morgan's trailer as the moonlighting CNN host tried to catch up on his sleep, a stunt of course caught for the "America's Got Talent" cameras.
Their conflict may not be just a ratings ploy. "I guess I'm more annoying than I thought," Mandel tweeted late Wednesday. "I'll miss you @piersmorgan."
Morgan retweeted the Osbourne message but not Mandel's.
It's unclear what prompted Morgan's decision to exit "America's Got Talent" now. The show does not begin taping next summer's episodes until February. A CNN spokeswoman said she was unfamiliar with the details of the situation and referred queries to Morgan's agent, who could not immediately be reached for comment.
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that NBC is trying to hire Howard Stern to replace Morgan.
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-- Scott Collins
Photo: Sharon Osbourne. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images for PCA