Piers Morgan to Take Over ‘Larry King Live’ – It’s Official

Talk about an announcement that’s been a long time coming? CNN has finally announced that Piers Morgan has been chosen to take over  Larry King’s time slot at the news network, in the wake of Larry’s announced departure from the network.  Piers takes over the show beginning in January.

Most of you know him as the Simon-like judge on America’s Got Talent, but CNN swears he knows how to ask the hard hitting questions:

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“Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds, ” said CNN-US President Jon Klein. “He is able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process.”

Morgan’s show will air live on CNN-US at 9 p.m. ET and worldwide on CNN-International in more than 200 countries. He’ll be based in New York, but also will work from Los Angeles and London.

“I have watched ‘Larry King Live’ for much of the last 25 years, and dreamed of one day filling the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer of them all, ” Morgan said.

Piers is also the “mean” judge on Britain’s Got Talent, across the pond. A job he’ll be leaving now that he’s got a cushy new job with CNN.

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14 Comments

  1. but CNN swears he knows how to ask the hard hitting questions:

    Since when does Larry ask hard hitting questions?

  2. “Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds,”

    Enlgish Translation: He used to work for a gossip rag.

    You all know how those peeps at TMZ chase people down the street shouting question and dig through their trash cans. Same thing, different country.

    Larry King may have been an old fuddy duddy that should have been put out to pasture years ago, but he did have a honest to goodness journalistic respectable journalistic career when CNN hired him. To replace him with a tabloid King/Reality Show Clown is an insult.

  3. “I have watched ‘Larry King Live’ for much of the last 25 years, and dreamed of one day filling the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer of them all,” Morgan said.

    Oh, Lord, is that an attempt at comedy? Because if he didn’t have one eye winking when he gave that quote he’s dumber than I thought.

  4. “Piers Morgan Live”? Doesn’t have a good ring to it. I guess he could go with “Piers Morgan Show” and we can all dub it “PMS”.

  5. This news makes me unhappy, which is silly as I don’t have cable. Good thing, as I was planning on not watching.

  6. CNN has sold out on nearly all fronts, sad.

    This network is also giving a show to Eliot Spitzer.

    Once upon a time, Larry King Live wasn’t half bad. He actually had some interesting guests fairly often and the interviews weren’t all based on notecards. People called in live and stuff.

    Kids: want a TV career? Start working on that English accent.

  7. Kids: want a TV career? Start working on that English accent.

    Exactly. Now Spitzer I would watch. He ain’t much, but he is brilliant.

  8. Kids: want a TV career? Start working on that English accent.

    LOL – so true. There has to be always one obligatory Brit on each judging panel. Really? We dont have anyone in the US that can handle this job? Larry King did fine?
    Yes and what happened with Ryan Seacrest, or is he already too busy? Ryan doesn’t need sleep, does he?

  9. Is CNN still relevant? Larry King has been such as an embarrassment for so long. He should have been let go when he screwed up that Jerry Seinfeld interview. As for Piers Morgan, he can’t be worse than LK, can he? It’s definitely an upgrade.

  10. Personally, I like Larry King. Sure he had major goof-offs, but I always liked the segments he did with American Idol contestants. Piers Morgan has already put down Idol, so we can say goodbye to those interviews.

    Larry did some valuable, educational shows on depression, autisim, cancer, hepatitis C, and heart disease. I am sure he saved a few lives along the way.

    He (along with Anderson Cooper) have done a terrific job reporting on human, man-made, and natural diasters all over the world.

    I like his warm and fuzzy side. He often got tongue-tied when interviewing famous (older) actresses. He almost lost it when he interviewed Sophie Loren. Funny, truly funny.

    There is nothing funny (that I know of) about Piers Morgan. So, CNN couldn’t find one qualified American journalist? Sad, very sad.

  11. Nicely said Grammie Kari! I enjoy Larry King as well. I certainly don’t catch him every night but I do happen to care what political & entertainment figures he sits across from from time to time.
    Piers Morgan, is sort of a neutral choice to me. I don’t watch anything he’s on but I think he may be an upgrade from Ryan Seacrest. Ryan can’t do anything but pop culture fluff, I can’t see him handling any national tragedy or international crisis with any depth or empathy. (Yes, he does a stand up job covering for 5 minutes during a relief telethon. Given)
    He can interview the Kardashians and Britney Spears, that’s about it. And I’m glad Larry goofed up with Jerry Seinfeld (he was also semi-embarassing with Janet Jackson)…I’d be worried if someone established & professional at CNN gave 2 sh!ts about someone like Seinfeld, Carrie Prejean or The Situation.

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