It's Official: Piers Morgan to Replace Larry King

Entertainment Sep. 8, 2010 AT 12:03PM
It's Official: Piers Morgan to Replace Larry King Credit: Mathieu Young/CNN

It's official: Piers Morgan is stepping into Larry King's late night shoes.

Morgan, best known as a judge on America's Got Talent, will take over King's prime time slot debuting a "a candid, in-depth interview program" on CNN in January, the network announced Wednesday.

"I have watched Larry King Live for much of the last 25 years, and dreamed of one day filling the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer of them all," Morgan, 45, said. This summer, King, 76, announced he was stepping down from the program he hosted since 1985.

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British journalist Morgan saw his career surge working as the youngest editor ever at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, before settling in for a nine-year stint as editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror in 1995. His hosting credits across the pond include chat shows on the BBC and ITV, as well as a judging stint on Britain's Got Talent.

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In July, CNN and NBC -- which airs America's Got Talent -- reached an agreement to share the TV personality.

While he films his as-yet-unnamed prime time series, Morgan will continue to pen regular columns for CNN.com and the Mail on Sunday, the network says.

A date for King's final program has not yet been announced.

-- By Allison Corneau for UsMagazine.com. For more Channel Surfing, click here.

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