Tuesday, 15 March 2011
I've only ever seen bits of the Larry King Show and from what I've seen of the man himself he had screen presence and gravitas.
When it was announced that he was stepping down and Piers Morgan was replacing him I thought that King can't have been that good if they think Morgan is a suitable replacement.
In the UK we've been putting up with Morgan for years and if I'm honest he hasn't exactly won over the public.
When you look at his career their have been plenty of gaffes. He had been editor of the UK tabloid Daily Mirror for less than a year when he managed to upset Germans and British alike with his 'Achtung, Surrender' front page headline printed the day before the Euro '96 semi-final and was forced to apologise.
In 2000 he was the subject of an investigation when The Daily Telelgraph reported that he had invested £20,000 in computer company Viglen before the Mirror's City Slickers column reported the shares going on sale.
The two financial reporters were jailed but Morgan smarmed his way out of prosecution, although a subsequent investigation by the Department of Trade and Industry revealed Morgan had in fact bought £67,000 in Viglen shares.
He was eventually fired by The Mirror in 2004 for jumping on the Abu Ghraib bandwagon and publishing photos allgedley showing troops of the Queens Lancashire Regiment torturing Iraqi soldiers.
These photos turned out to be faked.
Not to be deterred Piers decided to try his hand at television. On the celebrity version of The Apprentice he teamed up with Tony Blair's ex-hatchet man Alistair Campbell in bullying TV presenter Trinny Woodhall until she started crying.
Since then ITV gave him a £2 milion contract to front a dismal celebrity chat show where he fawns over the rich and famous and asks banal questions, the answers to which you could get by reading Heat magazine.
He never comes over as likeable, funny or interesting. He looks like Pinoccho after becoming a real boy, then growing up to be an estate agent.
I assume that he has some pictures stashed away of some extremely powerful person having sex with farmyard animals because, to be honest, I can't think how this talentless, posh bore has managed to reach the elevated status that he has.
Anyway, I don't know why I'm complaining because the Americans are stuck with him now. Sorry but we've sold you a lemon, no refunds.