Larry King says he isn’t all too broken up about Piers Morgan’s failure at CNN.
Morgan, who replaced King was taken off the air by the network in March due to low ratings. Appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show, King admitted when pressed that he had “mixed emotions” by Morgan’s misfortune.
“The best definition of mixed emotions: Your mother-in-law goes over the cliff in your new car,” King joked. “The mix was I thought they made a mistake in the Piers hire. I thought it was a mistake, one, to hire a Britisher in prime time and, two, I thought that he made himself too much part of the show.”
“I always said, if you turn on an interview show on television, 95 percent of the time you should see the guest. If 95 percent of the time you see the host, there’s something wrong with that.”
“That may be the way it works today or maybe things have changed,” King added. “So it wasn’t my kind of show. He was nice to me. I went on his show two or three times. He wasn’t unfriendly to me. It just wasn’t my type of show.”
King also said he thought CNN should have hired American Idol host Ryan Seacrest to replace him in 2011 and that he has not approached his long-time employer about returning, despite previously stating that he would be open to the idea.