Piers Morgan, Larry King’s replacement, will be taking over his interview seat (though hopefully not King’s suspenders) come January. This is sort of the worst-kept secret in show business; the Piers Morgan-CNN talks have been going on for months, but it just became official today. Already I’m learning stuff about the “Britain’s Got Talent” judge that I did not already know, such as: He has three sons from his first marriage, and he just remarried in June, to Celia Walden. (That still puts him five wives behind King!)
Here’s six more facts about the British Morgan, who will begin airing his new interview show in January, including what newspaper he was fired from and how he knows Donald Trump.
1. In 1994, at age 28, Morgan became the youngest editor ever at The News of the World, the British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch. He was also the youngest major newspaper editor in 50 years in Britain.
2. He jumped to the Daily Mirror two years later, and he served as editor in chief till 2004. (Lesson to kids: Do not run faked pictures of English soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. You will be fired, as Morgan was, even though he said he didn’t know they were fakes.)
3. Morgan may be best known in the U.S. as the winner of the first “Celebrity Apprentice.” You may remember him as the guy who fought with Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. (Although to be fair, you may remember a lot of people from that show fighting with Omarosa.)
4. Or perhaps you remember him as the guy who kissed fellow “Apprentice” contestant/country singer Trace Adkins on the cheek. Yes, on second thought, that’s what I remember most.
5. Morgan is a huge cricket enthusiast.
6. He’s also a judge on “America’s Got Talent.”
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