After weeks of speculation, the news regarding Larry King’s successor has been confirmed. British producer, talent judge, and overall business man Piers Morgan will be taking over King’s coveted CNN time slot once he retires. The cable network made the big announcement Wednesday morning.
Morgan’s new series will be an hour long ” candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program.” The host is known to most of us as one of the judges on the NBC series “America’s Got Talent.” He’s their version of Simon Cowell.
CNN claims that they chose Morgan because “he is able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process.” They also stated that he’s “made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds.”
No disrespect to Larry King but hopefully Morgan will be a better interviewer than his predecessor. If there’s anything that annoyed us about King’s style it was his constant interruptions during interviews. He was always stepping on his guest’s words. Morgan released an official statement regarding the news and as expected, he’s excited and ready to get this show on the road.
“I am thrilled to be joining CNN, and very much looking forward to bringing my own style of interviewing to the world’s biggest, and best, TV news organization,” Morgan said. “As a young journalist in Britain, I watched CNN’s astonishing live coverage of the 1991 Gulf War, and felt enthralled by the courage and brilliance of the journalists involved in that coverage.”
“Years later, I watched Anderson Cooper’s visceral reports from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and felt equally enthralled by his passionate and relentless search for the truth. Perhaps most pertinently, 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.”
There he is, your new host! What do you think?
Do you think Morgan is the right person to replace King?