Piers Morgan mum on whether he’s succeeding Larry King

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It’s been a month since Larry King announced that he will be leaving his nightly CNN talk show this fall, and the cable news channel still hasn’t announced his replacement. The man most assume will get the job, British interviewer and ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Piers Morgan, made an appearance on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ on Tuesday, but dodged Jay Leno’s questions about whether he was in line for the post.

‘I can’t actually talk about that at the moment, I’m afraid,’ Morgan said, though he confirmed that his new deal on ‘America’s Got Talent’ would allow him to do other jobs.

Leno pressed on, asking who Morgan would want to interview as his first guest if he had a show on a network with a ‘C with a bunch of Ns in it.’

Morgan said his dream guest would be Nelson Mandela, saying: ‘He’s given the whole black population of South Africa hope, which they never had in the time of apartheid.... And at a time like now, when everyone is at war, they could all do with probably an hour of Nelson Mandela.’


(For the record, King interviewed Mandela in May 2000, saying he was someone he had always wanted on the program.)

-- Matea Gold