Larry's no longer the King as Morgan confirmed for talk show
CNN, the 24-hour cable news network, has hired 'America's Got Talent' judge Piers Morgan to replace talk-show host Larry King.
Morgan will host an interview programme at 9pm New York time in the US starting in January. The show will be seen in more than 200 countries, CNN said yesterday in a statement.
Morgan, a former editor of British tabloid the 'Daily Mirror' and winner of 'Celebrity Apprentice', will be charged with reinvigorating the 9pm slot after viewers abandoned 'Larry King Live' for rival networks such as Fox News.
King, who interviewed presidents and celebrities on CNN for the last 25 years, announced in June his plans to step down in December.
"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 (45) said in the statement.
Morgan has interviewed former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Simon Cowell on the ITV network in the UK on his TV show 'Piers Morgan's Life Stories'.
In 1994, he was appointed the youngest editor of 'News of the World' at 28 years old. He also served as editor-in-chief of the 'Daily Mirror' from 1995 to 2004.
The hiring of Morgan is part of a broader attempt to bolster sagging ratings at CNN.
Morgan, who will be based in New York and will also work from Los Angeles and London, will continue to write his two regular columns for the 'Mail on Sunday' as well as writing columns for CNN.com.