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“America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan beats Ryan Seacrest for Larry King job

By Kim Palacios

HollywoodNews.com: It seems that Britain’s got talent–or at least that’s what CNN thinks, having chosen U.K.-born media veteran Piers Morgan to replace Larry King. The New York Post posits that Morgan even beat out mega-host Ryan Seacrest for the job in a 3-year deal worth an estimated $18 million.

Morgan was relatively unknown to U.S. audiences prior to his appearance on Donald Trump’s first “Celebrity Apprentice”. After prevailing as the winner, he has remained on American radar through his position alongside judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on “America’s Got Talent”.

Yet, many are wondering: does Morgan have talent? In the U.S., people know him based on his celebrity only, and are less aware of his credentials as former editor of two British tabloids, News of the World and The Daily Mirror; prior to his editorial appointment to News of the World by Rupert Murdoch, Morgan spent four years writing a show business column for The Sun. He began his television career as a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent” and did some hosting gigs with the BBC. Morgan studied journalism at Harlan College, and wrote for local papers prior to being discovered.

Though Morgan is more credentialed than people think, it has not escaped notice that contenders for CNN’s 9PM Larry King slot were unlikely bedfellows. Katie Couric turned down the job, yet her decades-long career in news journalism seems misaligned with the shorter careers and entertainment focus of both Morgan and Seacrest.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • January 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    Piers Morgan has a repugnant history as first a reporter for and then the editor of three notorious British tabloids. I don’t think he’ll EVER be able to wash the stink off himself–nor should he–from being mentored by Rupert Murdoch and Kelvin Mackenzie, both repulsive yellow journalists. Morgan calls himself a serious journalist, yet he spent over a decade lying, exaggerating and printing salacious rumors about the rich and famous at The Sun (1989–94); News of the World (1994–95); and the Daily Mirror (1995–04). Now he’s trotting himself out as a quality but “dangerous” mainstream interviewer when nothing could be farther from the truth. Buh-bye, Morgan. I’ll watch anything but your hideous mug.

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