Larry King on Returning to CNN to Replace Exiting Piers Morgan: 'I Would Do It'
As BWW reported earlier today, just three years after taking the reins from long-time CNN host Larry King, British newsman Piers Morgan is ending his Live weekly show on CNN after the series hit all-time ratings lows, attracting a "fraction of the viewers" as compared with its competitors, Fox News and MSNBC.
"It's been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings," admitted Morgan in an interview with The New York Times, blaming part of the problems on slow news days. "Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it," he said. "That's run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me."
Today, the Daily Beast reports that Larry King, who currently hosts a daily half-hour Web program for Ora TV, revealed that he would be willing to return to his previous job at CNN, if [current CNN President] Zucker was interested. "If he talked to the people at Ora TV and they could work it out, I would do it," he said.
The 81-year-old TV veteran also offered his opinion on the demise of Morgan's Primetime talk show. "In truth, when someone is on the air for the amount of years I was on, whether it's me or anyone, whoever replaces him, you don't want to be the person who replaces him," he said. "It's very hard to step in-putting myself aside-into any shoes that have been there forever."
He also opined that the show's audience had difficulty in adjusting to Morgan's different approach to the program. "We were very different styles. I asked shorter questions. I left myself out of it. Piers is more of an 'I' interview style."
He said of Morgan's termination, "I'm not a programmer, I'm a broadcaster... But as he [Morgan] said, something about the British thing probably had something to do with it... I'm sorry. I never like to see anyone leave, but it's a business where nothing is forever. It's transitory. Coaches are hired to be fired. I wish him well."