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Green light for Piers Morgan?

NBCU head says CNN candidate may not have to leave 'Talent'

NBC U chief exec Jeff Zucker confirmed Wednesday that the net may allow “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan to replace Larry King at Turner cabler CNN.

Morgan’s recently renewed contract tying him to the NBC competish skein has been seen as a major roadblock to any position at MSNBC rival CNN. But when asked whether Morgan would be allowed out of his contract to pursue the position at CNN (which King will vacate in the fall), Zucker suggested that Morgan might not be required to leave NBC.

“I can tell you that he’s approached us about asking us to do another job as well (as “America’s Got Talent”), and those conversations are continuing,” Zucker said to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. “And I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive.”

All official comments on whether Morgan would be offered or allowed to take King’s job have been non-committal. Two weeks ago, CNN prexy Jon Klein issued his own vague denial, saying “We have never negotiated with Piers.” Similarly, Zucker studiously avoided mentioning CNN by name. His only definitive statement was that Morgan would continue on “Talent” for the next three years.

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