'America's Got Talent' judge linked to CNN show
LONDON — “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan has been earmarked as a candidate to take over Larry King’s CNN show in a bid to revamp the network’s image, according to press reports on both sides of the Atlantic.
The reported four-year deal will see the former Blighty newspaper editor jump from the NBC show into King’s hot seat for a figure of $8 million, according to Brit newspaper The Telegraph. Further U.K. reports found the figure to be closer to $14 million.
The New York Post also ran the story, but without reference to the size of the potential financial deal.
Morgan, who also judges on “Britain’s Got Talent,” is said to have impressed CNN execs with his Brit chat show “Piers Morgan’s Life Stories,” in which he interviewed former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
King, whose primetime talkshow first aired in 1985, has seen declining ratings — it dropped 43% in the first quarter of the year, according to the Telegraph.
The move would see Morgan leave his “Britain’s Got Talent” post to base himself permanently in the U.S. to host the show.
Representatives for CNN and Morgan have not yet confirmed reports.