“America’s Got Talent” judge and former British newspaper editor Piers Morgan could be headed back toward his journalistic roots.
Morgan is reportedly talking with CNN about hosting a prime-time show on the news channel, which has been on the ratings skids of late. It recently canceled a show hosted by Campbell Brown, and flagship “Larry King Live” was down significantly in the first part of the year compared to 2009.
Those facts have led some in the British press to run with headlines to the effect of “Piers Morgan to replace Larry King,” but that doesn’t appear to be the case — at least not yet. Page Six, which had the story first, says only that Morgan and CNN are talking. CNN isn’t commenting.
In addition to his work on “America’s Got Talent” (and “Britain’s Got Talent” across the pond), Morgan has hosted numerous news and chat shows in his home country. He recently hosted an interview show called “Piers Morgan’s Life Stories” and had the likes of his friend Simon Cowell, billionaire Richard Branson and then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown as subjects.
He also served as editor of the London tabloids the Daily Mirror and News of the World prior to beginning his TV career.