CNN's debut of "Piers Morgan's Tonight" drew an impressive 2.1 million viewers with its Oprah Winfrey interview on Monday -- a strong opener for the new guy in town.
"Extra" visited with Piers and discussed which big-name celebs we can expect to see, and it seems he's booked the man of the moment, telling us, "Ricky Gervais [will appear] the first week, Simon Cowell's gonna come on -- he and I have been friends 20 years, we know where all the bodies are buried. He knows I'll be going there, so he'll be trying to hide the bodies."
New CNN talk show host Piers Morgan has big TV shoes to fill when he steps into Larry King's time slot Monday night, but he tells "Extra's" Terri Seymour that "Piers Morgan Tonight" will not be the same.
Explaining the difference between himself and Larry King, Morgan said, "I'm 32 years younger than Larry and I've only had two wives, haha! I have my own style and I think when people see the first interview with Oprah Winfrey on the 17th of January they will get instantly how different I am."
The former "America's Got Talent" judge has an all-star lineup for his first week of shows; including Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern, Ricky Gervais, George Clooney and Condoleezza Rice.
"Piers Morgan Tonight" premieres Monday, January 17 at 9:00 PM on CNN.
New CNN talk show host Piers Morgan announced his first guest will be Oprah Winfrey -- and he told "Extra's" Terri Seymour he first had to get to Oprah's BFF, Gayle King, to secure the interview.
"I had to seduce Gayle King by email," Morgan confessed. "I knew if I won over Gayle, I would get Oprah." And just how did he woo King? "I'm not revealing my secrets, otherwise you would be doing the same thing! But put it this way, I give good email," Morgan laughed.
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After 25 years of hosting "Larry King Live," the veteran newsman, 77, is saying goodbye to his nightly show this evening.
At the end of June, King surprised viewers when he announced he was semi-retiring, saying, "It's time to hang up my nightly suspenders," he said.
British journalist Piers Morgan will be taking over Larry King's prime-time hour with a "candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program" beginning in January, CNN announced on Wednesday.
Morgan, 45, is no stranger to the news desk. The "America's Got Talent" judge recently hosted his own UK show called "Piers Morgan's Life Stories," and in a recent interview, he reminded "Extra" that he was an editor for a tabloid for 11 years.
Rumor has it that "America's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan is thisclose to a deal with CNN, but he wouldn't fess up to "Extra" when we asked.
"I can't actually talk about it at the moment," Morgan told "Extra's" Terri Seymour. "What I will say is that Larry King is one of my all-time idols."