CNN is nearing deals to overhaul its prime-time line-up, with an 8 p.m. show hosted by former Governor Eliot Spitzer followed by a 9 p.m. show with "America’s Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan, who would be taking over Larry King’s time period, reports the New York Post.
Neither is a stranger to controversy. While Spitzer left office amid a prostitution scandal, Morgan, who is also a former British tabloid editor, quit a newspaper in 2004 after printing fake pictures of British soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, the report says.
Spitzer will become a co-host of an 8 p.m. show, replacing Campbell Brown, and for which CNN is searching for a conservative partner. Morgan, meanwhile, is in talks with both CNN and NBC, and wants a four-year contract with CNN beginning in the fall. CNN said it’s focusing on replacing its 8 p.m. program and that it’s untrue the network is close to an agreement to bump King, the article states. Morgan and Spitzer declined to comment.