Piers Morgan To Host CNN Interview Show Starting In January

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Piers Morgan To Host CNN Interview Show Starting In January

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After a summer of speculation, CNN and Piers Morgan have finally
reached a deal to bring the "America's Got Talent" judge to the
network to replace Larry King in the 9PM time slot.

Morgan will host "a candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program on
CNN beginning in January," CNN said in an announcement.

"Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures,
holding them accountable for their words and deeds," CNN/US President
Jon Klein said. "He is able to look at all aspects of the news with
style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process. He is a
natural fit with Anderson Cooper, Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker in
our prime time line up, and the ideal choice to update the storied
tradition of newsmaker talk on CNN."

Morgan, who will remain as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent," is
also expected to "retain a role on ITV, the British network," the New
York Times reports.

"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 in an announcement. "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. To now have the chance to
work with Larry and Anderson, and to try and continue the outstanding
journalistic legacy created by them, and so many others at CNN, is
both a great honor, and a great challenge."

Quick Poll

Did CNN make the right call with Piers Morgan?

* Yes! I plan to watch: 54.05%
* No way! I won't tune in: 45.95%
I like Piers - he doesn't pull punches, and he's highly entertaining,
in addition to being intelligent and having a unique take on American
affairs.  He seems to be able to cut through the BS and get to the
heart of the issue.  I rarely watched King, but his interviews came
across as being conducted by a robot.

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One thing I always liked about King -- he knows how to shut up for more
than five seconds at a time unlike a lot of other egomaniac cable news
hosts, particularly the purely political ones.