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Piers quits America's Got Talent ; volunteers for Oscars

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By Noel Young | Correspondent

November 11, 2011 | 2 min read

Ex-Mirror editor Piers Morgan will not be returning to the NBC show "America's Got Talent" when the show comes back next year.

Piers Morgan

But he joked that with more time on his hands, he would be available to host the the 2012 Oscars ceremony in February , a slot vacated when Eddie Murphy dropped out.

Morgan tweeted: "I'm leaving America's Got Talent after 6 wonderful years. Turned out that juggling's harder than it looks, so I'm going to focus on CNN." Later he added: "It's been a blast."

Morgan, 46, a judge on the show since 2006, was also was a judge on the British version with Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell. But he took on a heavier load back in January after signing to replace Larry King on CNN .

Morgan has weathered the storm over the News of the World back in London - with categoric denials of ever being involved in phone hacking. Now he is out to make his CNN show No1 in its time slot.

UPDATE: Sorry, Piers. Billy Crystal has revealed he's got the Oscars gig!

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