CNN has confirmed that Piers Morgan is to take over the slot on CNN which is soon to be vacated by Larry King.
It had been widely reported over the past few months that Piers was in talks with CNN, and they now struck a deal which will see him host a show at 9pm weeknights on CNN in Americ a. Piers Morgan is known to Americans through his role as judge on America’s Got Talent. Morgan also judges on the British version.
Jon Klien, president of CNN US said today “Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds,” said Klein. “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 will continue with his role as talent judge on both shows, and will be hosting his new CNN show from Los Angeles, London and New York. In a press release today, Piers Morgan told of his delight at joining the news network.
“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,” said Morgan. “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.”
Larry King is due to finish his show at CNN in November.