Larry King on Piers Morgan's CNN show: Not 'dangerous' enough?

larry-king-morganImage Credit: Toby Canham/Getty Images; John Shearer/WireImageLarry King had generally positive statements about Piers Morgan’s first months on air in an interview with London’s Radio 4, but also offered up a piece of advice to the CNN personality: Next time, don’t oversell yourself.

While King admitted that he hadn’t seen much of the show, he was critical of the show’s promotion. “He was going to be dangerous. He was going to be water cooler talk. Wait ’til you see me, I’m different.’ He’s good. He’s not that dangerous,” King said in the interview. “Maybe it’s hard to just step into anything. But if there’s one thing, he may have been oversold.”

As we reported last month, the premiere of Piers Morgan double King’s average, but by Feb. 1, his ratings had slipped to just around King’s average. “He’s certainly not bad. He’s certainly an acceptable host. He asks good questions, maybe he interrupts a little too much at times. I think the public might have trouble adjusting to the British,” King said. “But I think he’s very good — I wouldn’t say this is a bad show.”

What’s your take, PopWatchers? Is Piers Morgan living up to the hype we were promised?

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  • GeeMoney

    I agree with Larry – he was a little oversold. I think that Morgan’s show would be better if it was done live, though.

  • sim

    I never tuned in to watch Larry King buy check out Piers every night.Keep up the great work Piers!

    From Canada

  • UGH

    They were/are both snorefests. I’ve read where infomercials get better ratings.

  • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

    I’ve only watched one episode of Piers: the one with Colin Firth, HBC and Geoffrey Rush. Piers talked about himself too much, and what was with comparing himself to Firth? Dream on, Piers.
    Larry King, however, really has no room to talk. I’ve seen plenty of his shows where he pretty much had no idea who the people were that he was interviewing and asked the stupidest questions this side of “What kind of a tree?”

    • LibelFreeZone

      It was so weird when Morgan said that people mistake him for Colin Firth!

  • Owen

    Easy: Stop interviewing the Kardashians or BRAVO reality stars

  • King of Pain

    I can’t believe I’m actually agreeing with Larry King on something.

    Larry wanted Ryan Seacrest to replace him, though, so he loses all points. Ryan Seacrest? Mwahahaha.

  • Anton Tango

    I really dislike this taped whatever. I couldn’t even finish the first show.

    There will never be another King.

  • LibelFreeZone

    Piers Morgan said in a recent interview that he’s been reading tabloids since he was seven years old and has “always wanted to be a journalist.” The problem is, when one sucks news at an early age from the teat of shock headlines, one has no idea what real journalism is. Thus, Morgan has a repugnant history as first a reporter for and then the editor of three notorious British tabloids. 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). Without a public acknowledgment—indeed, an apology for deceiving the public—I don’t think he’ll ever be able to wash the stink off himself from being mentored by Rupert Murdoch and Kelvin Mackenzie, both repulsive yellow journalists. Now he’s trotting himself out as a quality but “dangerous” mainstream interviewer when he should be hunkering down to actually learn the ethics and skills of responsible journalists. Shame on CNN for hiring this disreputable and lame excuse for a journalist. It’s a sad day for journalism when Piers Morgan is considered mainstream.

  • Laura

    I especially liked the “public might have trouble adjusting to the British” line. Why is that argument always tossed in when British people don’t do well in America? Like it’s our fault…

  • whatever

    I think pierce would be fine if he stopped interrupting people too much just like larry says . But overall cnn sucks . Too many commercials ,repetitions and no real in depth analysis and alternative points of view .Won’t be around for ever .

  • Shaun

    Piers ,You are doing an excellent job .
    Keep it up………
    Toronto ,Canada

  • Gayle Anderson

    Loved your show with Larry King. So glad that you gave him all the adulations that he so well deserves. Larry is very definitely an Icon and in a class all his own. Loved that Larry has shown so much empathy for his guests. He’s definitely a role model for us all. He wears his heart on his sleeves. I am one of thousands, if not, millions of fans. Great father, husband, friend and talk show host! We all wish him the very best for all the years that he gave us all his best!
    Piers, would love to have you interview David Frost and get his perspective on the world events as they are today. Another Icon and wonderful interviewer himself.
    You are doing a fantastic job in your role as the new talk show host for CNN… you ask all the great questions that we all want to hear about. Keep up the great job! We’re all pulling for you!
    The Andersons

  • deana

    Happy to see that you have a clean screne for viewers. About time! Love your interviewing questions although US viewers seem to object! Change is hard but when intellect prevails it is harder to accept. Stay with it.

  • Zajnil

    Of course British people are note quoting well in USA. Why they should be???? They are totally different culture.

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