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Forget Seacrest and Piers Morgan. Here's Who Should Take Over for Larry King

by Jane Murphy, posted Jun 30th 2010 6:30PM
John EdwardsIt's been barely 24 hours since Larry King announced the end of his 25 year old CNN show on Twitter (Larry King tweets?!), then on his show. 'Larry King Live' will end in September, and perhaps not a moment too soon.

So let the guessing begin: who will assume Larry's suspenders? Piers Morgan? Ryan Seacrest? We humbly ask CNN not to rush into anything and consider our choices for their coveted prime time slot.

John Edwards. With CNN's recent hire of Eliot Spitzer, disgrace is hot! Spitzer was actually quite good backing up Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC, and Edwards is even smoother (perhaps too smooth). Years of campaigning -- not to mention his background as a trial lawyer – would seem to make asking the tough questions and offering analysis just about second nature to the former Vice Presidential candidate. And hey, where is Edwards anyway?




Rosie O'Donnell. Mediaite reported that Rosie is talking to NBC about returning to the daytime talk scene. But after her provocative stint on 'The View', can she really go back to being the Broadway-shilling Queen of Nice? CNN might be a better fit for the comic-actor-filmmaker-activist-blogger-mom. For a reminder of Rosie the riveting at her most fierce, check out this classic 2007 bout from 'The View', O'Donnell v. Hasselbeck.

O'Donnell v. Hasselbeck, 'The View'




ChappelleDave Chappelle. Some of the most astute political commentary of the '00s came from Dave and his legendary 'Chappelle's Show' on Comedy Central. On that show, he also proved he could bring in cool guests (John Mayer) or make guests cool (Wayne Brady). Charlie Murphy would make an excellent vacation fill-in. Even if the vacation lasted, oh, five years (and counting). Hey, where is Chappelle anyway?


Courtney Love. To the planet's great relief, Love appeared relatively together on a recent 'Behind the Music' devoted to her career exploits (see video below). Smart and always opinionated, we'd tune in to CNN if she welcomed Lady Gaga or David Gergen. Can Courtney survive the cable news grind? She does need structure in her life.


'Behind the Music: Courtney Love'



Cody Gifford.
Move over, Luke Russert! University of Southern California undergrad and entertainment tweeter Cody Gifford has been a TV fixture since birth; how many times did you hear about Cody and sister Cassidy on 'Live with Regis & Kathie Lee'? Broadcasting scion Gifford anchored 'Kids News' as a preteen and is now guesting with Mom Kathie Lee on 'Today'. He looks just like his Dad did when Frank was the heartthrob of the New York Giants, and Cody has the chops. But if he gets the Manhattan-based gig, he might have to transfer to NYU.



Do you have unconventional suggestions for who should take over for Larry King?

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Chris

Dennis Miller would be a great choice. He's informed and enertaining.

July 01 2010 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

How's this? Tom Cruise at least that way he will stop making horrible movies.

July 01 2010 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pierre-Luc Allie

George Strombolopous would be my number one choice.

June 30 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

You may think John Edwards is an unconventional idea, but would actually be a good choice. People have short memories so his baby drama would matter very little and Edwards has enough contacts to get decent guests. Certainly a better choice than Ryan Seacrest. Why Larry King thinks this moron would be a good replacement is beyond me.

June 30 2010 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

You may think John Edwards is an unconventional idea, but would actually be a good choice. People have short memories so his baby drama would matter very little and Edwards has enough contacts to get decent guests. Certainly a better choice than Ryan Seacrest. Why Larry King thinks this moron would be a good replacement is beyond me.

June 30 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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