Obnoxious Piers Morgan Is the 'Anti-Larry King'

Host faces mammoth task as show begins tonight, writes Brian Stelter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2011 7:00 AM CST
Obnoxious Piers Morgan Is the 'Anti-Larry King'
In this publicity image released by CNN, Larry King, host of "Larry King Live," poses with newly announced CNN host Piers Morgan in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, Sept. 8 2010.   (AP Photo/CNN, Mathieu Young)

Tonight, Piers Morgan takes over Larry King’s time slot—but he won’t take on King’s style. Morgan is "in many ways the anti-King," writes Brian Stelter for the New York Times: "obnoxious, obsessively prepared, and eager to tape his interviews in advance as often as he can"—so clips can get as much buzz as possible. One example of his brasher approach: In an interview to air Tuesday, he asks Howard Stern if he’s "just a domesticated little pussycat" who’s "physically impaired." Stern, ready to talk, replied, "I’m not sure how much you can get into this. CNN’s a little uptight." Morgan's response? "Let’s try it."

His interview with Oprah, which airs tonight, was one of her “toughest” ever, she said. Morgan has a “sly and brilliant way of charming the juicy sound bites out of people,” said magazine editor Tina Brown. Morgan hasn’t been shy about self-promoting, knowing the weight of his task: If he improves CNN’s 9pm ratings, “I’m a genius. If I don’t, I’m a half-wit. There is no middle ground,” he says. Rounding out his first week: interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Ricky Gervais, and George Clooney. Click to read about the first question he plans to ask Gervais.
(Read more CNN stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.