Piers Morgan on Bad Ratings: "It's Been a Pretty Good Four Months"

April 17, 2011 By:
Piers Morgan on Bad Ratings:

When CNN replaced the aging Larry King with the younger, decidedly more British Piers Morgan back in January, everyone had mixed feelings.

Piers had big shoes to fill, and lots of critics to prove wrong. Unfortunately some loyal Larry King fans refused to watch the show and ratings went down. But good news is the bad press doesn’t bother Piers.

When asked about his low ratings, Piers told Hollyscoop at the NBC Press Day Conference, “I love my job. I love both jobs. I love the variety. It’s a surreal day when I’ve been judging America’s Got Talent and then going on to the roof of the theatre and doing a scene intro outside…”

He admits having different jobs can be a surreal experience, but he welcomes any challenge. .

He told HS, “Well it’s surreal when you’re doing an hour on Libya, and you go back downstairs, you come out and there are six dancing Christmas trees. It takes a second to realign myself. I use to run two big newspapers in Britain, and it’s kind of the same, you’ve got serious days and then you’ve got not so serious days.”

So how does it feel to be a British anchor in America hosting one of the most prestigious shows here?

“I like it. Inheriting Larry King’s throne is a pretty big deal. I think he would be surprised that I was chosen. I think we’ve had a pretty good four months. The ratings have been good and then guests have been really good. The new show has surprisingly been frequented because we’re the news, and for me that’s great,” said Piers.

Being a Brit, he admits he’s really looking forward to the Royal Wedding—and even has a special request for a co-host.

“I’m commentating on it for CNN. Tell Jerry Seinfeld to come along and be a co-host. I’m the co-anchor,” he joked.

Jerry Seinfeld slammed the Royal Family and the Royal wedding last week claiming there’s nothing special about them.

“Yes, I'm very excited," Seinfeld said. "Well it's a circus act, it's an absurd act."

He said, “You know, it's dress-up. It's a classic English thing of let's play dress-up. Let's pretend that these are special people. OK, we'll all pretend that—that's what theater is.”

Now that I think about it, Jerry would make a great co-anchor. What do you think of Piers as the host of “Piers Morgan Tonight”?