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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Larry King says something interesting at 'Anna Nicole' opera, will appear on 'Piers Morgan' Wednesday [update]

By Lisa de Moraes

UPDATE: Has Piers Morgan's star fallen so fast that Larry King -- the guy he replaced on CNN -- has become a great February sweeps get for him?

Piers Morgan. (Mario Anzuoni Photo)

Following the interesting comments King made about Morgan's show, and its ratings, while in London attending the premiere of the "Anna Nicole" opera, Morgan announced he'd booked King to be his guest on Wednesday's show.

"'I can't think of many people I'd rather interview than Larry King, and I'm sure people will be fascinated by the dynamic between us, for obvious reasons," Morgan said.

It all started last week when....

Oh, great! Now that Larry King's no longer doing a daily talk show for CNN, he's finally got something interesting and quotable to say:

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Piers Morgan "may have been oversold" to the American public, according to Larry King, who said that Morgan should have "perhaps started softer" when launching his CNN chat show.

But it was not the British host's style to "start quietly," King observed

Speaking on Radio 4's evening news magazine show PM, King said of his decision to step down from his long-running show: "it was time to get off the train."

Larry King (right) and his wife, Shawn. (AP)

And he praised his successor, though admitted he had not seen many shows.

"I think he's a fine broadcaster; I haven't seen a lot, but the times I've seen they have been fine," King said.

Asked about why he thought Morgan's show had rated badly, King said it had been given too high profile a launch.

"One of the problems they did was to oversell it -- they said he was going to be dangerous, he was going to be water-cooler talk, it was 'wait till you see me, I'm different.' Well, he's good -- but he's not that dangerous."

King, who is in London for the opening of "Anna Nicole Smith, the Opera," which is showing at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, said he had met Morgan a number of times and liked the pugnacious former editor of British tabloids The News of The World and The Daily Mirror.

"You met him and you liked him?" responded a surprised BBC presenter Eddie Mair.

"He's been very kind," insisted King. "Maybe there's one thing, he's been oversold."

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 22, 2011; 9:10 AM ET
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So much time has been put into promoting Piers Morgan. Not to mention the money. There was replacement for Larry King. Why market Piers as a replacement? Larry King told a BBC radio show on Thursday that his successor, Piers Morgan, "may have been oversold" This seems to be a given with Morgan's interview surrounding Donald Trump. Instead of getting more answers from Trump, Morgan turned to self-promotion. This made Morgan come off as desperate. Pity, he has experience. Piers Morgan knows better. Get great interviews. Collect stories the public can admire (from those outstanding interviews). Then allow the viewers to enjoy your show. Stop trying to be great, use your talent. Stop trying. Get the interview. Collect the story. Let us like you. Self-promotion at your level in the media is shameless. You come off as a rookie sophmore instead of a professor with an advance degree in journalism. Be Piers Morgan.

Thomas Chi

Posted by: ThomasChi | February 21, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Why did CNN think Americans would want to see an obnoxious former British tabloid editor conduct "dangerous" interviews?

They got it wrong just like they are getting so much wrong these days.

Posted by: rlj611 | February 22, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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