Piers Morgan 'oversold' to USA

Piers MorganPiers Morgan was ‘oversold’ to American television audiences and the launch of his new CNN chat-show would have benefited from “starting quietly” claims former chat-show host Larry King.


Piers MorganPiers Morgan’s predecessor at CNN, Larry King, has claimed the former editor of The Mirror was oversold to American audiences. It was announced last year that Larry King was retiring from his CNN chat-show and was to be replaced by Brit Piers Morgan – a huge advertising campaign started. Piers Morgan Tonight launched on CNN in January with over 2 million viewers, rave reviews and Oprah Winfrey as his first guest. Two weeks into his run though and Morgan had lost 75% of his debut audience.

Now his predecessor at CNN has spoken out during an interview on Radio Four’s PM programme. King has said that Morgan was “oversold” to American audiences and have benefited from “starting quietly”.

“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 he may have been oversold.” Larry King on PM on Radio Four.

However, King also added that he thought Morgan was “fine” and “I don’t want to be horrible about him, I think he’s a fine broadcaster”.