CNN said on Wednesday that Morgan (45), a former British tabloid newspaper editor and currently a judge on the popular NBC show America’s Got Talent, will start his CNN show in January. King announced in June he would end Larry King Live after a 25-year reign.
Morgan said he would bring “journalistic rigour” to the job and said he would like one of his first interviews to be with US President Barack Obama.
“Outside of America, people love him (Obama)…I think he’s an amazing charismatic figure who’s going through a tough time at the moment, and the mid-term elections are coming….I’d love to sit down with him and have a frank interview,” Morgan said.
He also said he would love to be the first to interview “Mel Gibson or Lindsay Lohan or whoever is in the news who is relevant and current.”
Morgan has hosted a variety of shows in Britain and has a reputation on America’s Got Talent as a caustic critic in the vein of fellow Briton Simon Cowell. He has also appeared alongside Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent since 2007.
The 76-year old King, who forged a reputation for nonconfrontational interviews, will host his last show in mid December, CNN said.
Morgan said in a statement he had “dreamed of one day filling the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer of them all.”
Morgan beat other candidates said to be in the running for the prime time TV job, including American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and CBS television news anchor Katie Couric. –– Reuters.