‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Piers Morgan has been working with CNN producers to take over for the soon to be retired Larry King and now we’ve learned from RadarOnline that the former Celebrity Apprentice winner is nearly ready to sign a $10 million contract.
That same report says Piers is the “first choice” for the network and that he is “very, very close to agreeing to terms” after spending about a month in negotiations.
Morgan isn’t the only person who wanted the show, CNN released the following statement earlier this month:
“Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of people who would love to succeed Larry King if and when he moves on, but rumors that we are close to signing a deal for a Larry King replacement are untrue.”
If Larry King would have had his way he would have given American Idol host Ryan Seacrest the show, he’s made no secret of his Seacrest admiration.
Last night (Tuesday), King announced that he would leave the show sometime in November, marking the end to an impressive 25 year career with CNN. Like many CNN shows of late, King has watched as his rating have slipped.
King used his popular Twitter account to announce his departure:
“Announcing tonight: I’m ending my nightly show this fall but continuing at CNN.”
Good luck to King as he heads home to care for his pets, I think he owns a T-Rex and a Velocity Raptor that he’s had since his childhood. All kidding aside I’ve loved watching King since I was a teen, heck the man began his show when I was only 5 years old.
We’ll miss you Larry.