Piers Morgan announces Oprah Winfrey as his first guest on CNN
When you're replacing a King, it makes sense to start with a queen.
At least, that seems to be the logic Piers Morgan has followed for his new CNN interview show, debuting at 9 p.m. Jan. 17 with a sit-down featuring the Queen of All Media, Oprah Winfrey. Morgan just revealed this news at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Los Angeles, ensuring his first show replacing CNN's signature personality Larry King, will make serious waves.
By the time Morgan had left the press session, CNN had emailed notice of the announcement along with a cute clip of Winfrey and Morgan announcing the arrangement. Speculation about who Morgan's first guest would be ranged from the newly-engaged royal couple of Prince William and Kate Middleton to Kim Khardashian.
But in the odd world of media, money and power where Morgan hopes to leave his mark, snagging Winfrey may be an ever better get than a royal, immediately establishing him as a player in an increasingly crowded media field.
Now, the big question: Can the guy who made Simon Cowell and British prime minister Gordon Brown cry on his English chat shows get to the Queen of emotional TV herself?