CNN, which is tweaking its prime-time lineup, announced Wednesday that it has decided who will get the evening interview spot vacated by Larry King, the L.A. Times reported on its Ministry of Gossip blog.
The choice is no surprise: It’s British interviewer Piers Morgan, best known as a judge on the NBC TV show "America’s Got Talent." He also is one of the judges on the British version of the show.
Morgan will host a candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program on CNN beginning in January, the network said. President Jon Klein of CNN/U.S. made the announcement Wednesday.
Morgan’s show will air weeknights at 9 p.m. ET.
In a statement, Klein said, “Piers has made his name posing tough questions to public figures, holding them accountable for their words and deeds. He is able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor, with an occasional good laugh in the process. He is a natural fit with Anderson Cooper, Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker in our prime-time lineup, and the ideal choice to update the storied tradition of newsmaker talk on CNN.”
Morgan will work out of New York, but also will do shows from Los Angeles and London during the year, the network said.