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Will Piers Morgan Replace Larry King in the US?

15th June 2010

Reports suggest that Piers Morgan may be very close to signing a deal to replace Larry King on CNN’s nightly interview show.  It is speculated that the 4-year contract would start this autumn and would be worth £5-10m, thus leading to a gap in the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel.  Piers has recently hosted Piers Morgan’s Life Stories including interviews with Gordon Brown and Bruce Forsyth, as well as appearing as a commentator on BBC’s Question Time.  He also starred as a guest host on NBC’s breakfast show.  Larry King Live is CNN’s longest running show and previous guest hosts have included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.  Larry himself has interviewed over 40,000 guests from Frank Sinatra to Ronald Reagan, but his audience has fallen this year by 43% and there is speculation that the 76 year old would prefer to return to Manhattan.

No other British presenter has ever landed a prime-time TV deal, but they have come close.  Glasgow’s Craig Ferguson fronts The Late Late Show in America, and Cat Deeley has also achieved considerable success as the host of So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s morning show.  There are also moves afoot on this side of the Atlantic.  Comedian, presenter, and awards host Graham Norton has been confirmed as Jonathan Ross’s replacement on his BBC Radio 2 slot.  Ross will leave in July and Norton’s new show will begin on October 2nd featuring live music and celebrity guests, sealing his position as what has been described as BBC’s ‘new king of entertainment’.  Comedian Jason Manford is the new presenter of BBC’s The One Show after Adrian Chiles’s departure to ITV, and Chris Evans, now 44, will also be the Friday night host.  Presenter Christine Bleakley is in two minds as to whether to stay with the BBC or move to ITV with Adrian, and is due to make a final decision in the coming weeks.

So watch this space... We will keep you updated with all the latest developments.



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