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Piers Morgan of 'America's Got Talent' to take over for Larry King

09/08/2010 by Corinne Heller

Piers Morgan and Larry King pose in an undated photo posted on CNN.com on Sept. 8, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Mathieu Young / CNN.com) Piers Morgan, a 45-year-old British judge on competition shows America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent, will take over for Larry King, who has announced his departure from Larry King Live, and host a "candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program" in January.

"I have watched Larry King Live for much of the last 25 years, and dreamed of one day filling the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer of them all," its network CNN quoted Morgan as saying.

King, 76, said in June he planned to end his 25-year-long run as the host of Larry King Live in order to spend more time with his family but said he would still host specials for CNN.

Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter that on his new show, he did not want to express his politican stances to interviewees.

"I like to be journalistically rigorous and get the truth out of them, not force my opinions down the viewers' throat," he said. "I want them to be electrified by the combat between me and the guest. You're never going to be more left wing than Rachel Maddow; you're never going to be more right wing than Glenn Beck - I don't think there's ever been anyone in history more right wing than him."

Morgan's show will air live on the channel in the United States at 9 p.m. ET and will also be broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries, the network said.

Morgan has also worked as a newspaper journalist in the United Kingdom and at age 28, became the youngest editor to date at Rupert Murdoch's tabloid News of the World. He later wrote for The Mirror and The Mail on Sunday newspapers and GQ magazine.

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