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It's Official, Piers Morgan to Replace Larry King

July 14, 2010, 9:28 am GMT

Morgan will be the new anchorman for CNN, doing interviews with prominent figures in place of retiring King.

Piers Morgan

British broadcaster Piers Morgan has signed a multi-million dollar deal to replace veteran newsman Larry King after he ends his 25-year run hosting "Larry King Live". The "tAmerica's Got judge inked an $8.25 million four-year deal for the coveted role presenting CNN's popular talk show, which features interviews with celebrities and prominent figures.

Morgan, who will work 30 weeks a year to film the nightly show, beat competition from hotly tipped "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest and news anchor Katie Couric to take the job. A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Bosses were impressed by the quality of Piers' interviews."

King, 76, announced last month he was stepping down to concentrate on his family and other projects such as radio.

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