There's been talk for a while that CNN might be unhappy
with Larry King
, the long-time host of late-night talk show Larry
King Live. But is the network already setting up his replacement? Rumors
have been floating through the media world that CNN could replace him
with Piers Morgan, the British journalist and a judge on the reality
show America's Got Talent. Here's the word on the street.
The Verge' of Taking £5.5M Offer The U.K. Telegraph's Anita Singh is
first to the story, saying Morgan has been offered £5.5 million.
"The Britain's Got Talent judge and former newspaper editor is on the
verge of signing a four-year contract to take over King's primetime show
in the autumn. He has built a profile in the US as a judge on America's
Got Talent, which is made by rival network NBC. CNN executives were
also impressed by his British chat show, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, in
which he interviewed Gordon Brown. ... Morgan is expected to quit his
role on Britain's Got Talent and base himself permanently in the US."
- Behind the Deal The New York Post's Page Six writes, "Ted Turner must
be flinging his remote at the wall in despair. CNN, the cable network
he founded, is poised to turn its prime-time schedule over to two
disgraced public figures, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former British
tabloid editor Piers Morgan, in its desperate bid to restore lost
ratings. ... Morgan wants a four-year deal to take over King's show in
the fall. But CNN wants to keep King happy until it chooses a
- 'Farcical' New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman calls Morgan "a man who was fired
from the top spot at London's Daily Mirror
for running fake
pictures of British soldiers torturing Iraqis, this poses the
possibility of a real credibility gap in the network's prime-time hours.
... Morgan judges a show where people put their entire bodies
badminton racket while wearing neon American-flag costumes. But, call us
crazy, something about them hosting serious news shows just
seems, well, farcical."
- Would Hasten CNN's Downward Slide Gawker's
Chen profiles Morgan. "Piers Morgan is a singularly British product
of the reality television-tabloid complex. He was an editor of
super-sleazy tabloid The Daily Mirror for almost a decade before
quitting being fired and focusing on his television career. ... As you
can see, he is very different from Larry King. Where Larry King comes
from boring journalism, Piers Morgan comes from the world of
entertainment—or entertainment masquerading as journalism. ... Piers
Morgan would be a good move for CNN if it wants to increase ratings and
doesn't mind furthering its transformation into an insipid
celebrity-fueled social networking machine which also happens to be good
at breaking news."
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