Comedian and television host Chelsea Handler tends not to sugarcoat things. As Jenny McCarthy once told the New York Times, “If you’re going to get your lip injected 12 times, Chelsea Handler is going to be the first person to point it out.”
I need auto correct for my mouth.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 28, 2013
In her chat with Morgan, Handler expressed some indignation at the host’s conduct during a commercial break. Turns out he was tweeting. “In the middle of the commercial break, I want your viewers to know. I mean, they must know because they’re probably following you on Twitter. I mean, you can’t even pay attention for 60 seconds. You’re a terrible interviewer,” Handler ripped away.
At this point, Morgan could have apologized for ignoring his guest while he hovered over some Twitter interface. But he didn’t: “Well, you just weren’t keeping my attention. It’s more an issue for you than me.”
After Morgan continued protesting that his company wasn’t interesting enough, Handler said, “Well, maybe that’s why your job is coming to an end.”
Nailed it! As the Erik Wemple Blog argued a while back, relying on the Chelsea Handlers of the world to keep your cable ratings competitive isn’t a workable model — not for Morgan and not for Larry King in the final years of his tenure in the same slot. And one other thing: Morgan has 4 million followers on Twitter, the product of 45,000 (often nasty) little messages. Think he builds such a franchise by just sitting around during breaks? (Handler has a Twitter crowd, too).