Piers Morgan may be about to quit Britain’s Got Talent, as he lands a lucrative TV contract with US TV network CNN.
The former newspaper editor, who also judges on America’s Got Talent, has come to the attention of TV bigwigs in the States after his successful ITV series, ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’. The show allowed him to prove that he was more than a reality TV judge and channel bosses are said to be intent on replacing veteran chat show presenter Larry King with the British star.
NBC, who air America’s Got Talent are said to be shaken by rumours about the CNN deal and have offered him a similar styled chat show on their channel. However, Morgan looks set to go with the CNN offer.
A television source told The Telegraph: “CNN bosses have been desperately searching for somebody to revamp the show. Larry’s ratings are massively down year on year – and Piers is just the chap.
“Piers is utterly thrilled by the prospect of the deal and knows that taking over the Larry King show means that something will have to give.
“America’s Got Talent finishes in mid-September, so it seems Larry will be moved to a weekend show then and be ousted from his nightly prime-time slot.
“Piers has discussed it all with Simon Cowell, who gave him his big break on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, and has his blessing.
It definitely looks like he will have to give up Britain’s Got Talent as NBC want him to continue on America’s Got Talent, which opened to record ratings earlier this month.”
Our question is can Britain’s Got Talent survive without Piers and with the reduced presence of Simon Cowell. Cowell recently hinted that h wouldn’t be attending the audition rounds for the 2011 series of the show, so now he’ll be looking for two new replacements. That might just be more changes than a show can take!