Larry King: That Piers Morgan is Awfully Self-Absorbed, Isn’t He?

For years Larry King hosted the CNN show that is now helmed by British import Piers Morgan. Now King has opened up about his replacement and his pronouncement is not very flattering. King thinks Morgan makes the show too much about Morgan.

For those who remember, Larry King was more about being a conduit for the guests to entertain and enlighten viewers. His idea, perhaps an old fashioned TV ideal, was to make the show less about Larry King and more about the guests his viewers tuned in to watch.

King was old school in that way. We never learned much about the life or personal opinions of Jack Parr or Johnny Carson when they were hosting the Tonight Show, either. Those two icons let the guests speak and made their shows about the entertainment. For the most part, Larry King modeled himself on that classic version of the TV interview show.

But Larry King was quick to point out that Piers Morgan isn’t like that at all. Morgan is more about Morgan than he is about the guests, King said.

“I never gave opinions,” King said of his own CNN show. “Piers gives his opinions. The show is a lot about him as much as the guests… He’s so different from me,” King lamented.

King also worried over the state of TV today, saying, “It’s not the quality that counts anymore. It’s how loud did you yell, how vituperative can you be.”

That describes well Piers Morgan whose recent shows have been filled with him yelling over guests, calling them “stupid” and “dangerous,” and advocating for his purported better and wholly foreign concept of how America should work compared to what we have had for over 200 years. All the while Morgan gives lip service to “civility” and after calling guests names tells his audience that he “values” everyone’s opinions as if just saying it excuses his behavior.

King may often have had a boring show but at least he wasn’t such a jerk to his guests. Yes, King was old school in that way. Courteous. Apparently that is something with which Morgan is unfamiliar. King understood real civility. Not the faux civility Morgan perpetrates on his audience.

So, what does Piers Morgan say about all this. In his typically perspicacious way, Morgan stampeded to his favorite medium for instant communication. On Twitter, the Brit Tweeted the following bit of eloquence: “Zzzzzzz.”

See. Morgan’s so smart and civil he didn’t even need all 140 characters.

Politico wanted to give Morgan a second chance to elucidate a bit on his “Zzzzzzz” Tweet. In response, Morgan referred them back to his Tweet.

More proof that Piers Morgan is fast becoming this decade’s Jerry Springer.

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  • 914

    Must be the decade of the narcissist or something?

    • SteveCrickmore075

      but not Lance Armstrong,‘I Was Deluded to Believe Lance Armstrong When He Denied Doping”
      ” All professional athletes are narcissists; it is the nature of what makes them competitive, and Armstrong, along with Pete Rose, is in the highest echelon. I used to believe that people like that had deluded themselves into their denials for so long, they actually began to believe them, created an alternative reality.”

      “I have done enough damage to myself and readers in the name of Lance Armstrong. I don’t have to watch Oprah to reach the conclusion that I should have reached long ago:
      He is an immoral, manipulative liar who doesn’t deserve a second more of anybody’s time.
      So don’t waste it by watching him Thursday. Don’t continue to feed his insufferable ego. Don’t give him the satisfaction.
      Let him be what he has become:”

  • Brian_R_Allen

    …. Piers Morgan is fast becoming this decade’s Jerry Springer ….

    Narcissistic twit sees himself as something of a latter-day John Cleese.

    Despite the latter has devolved in his dotage into yet another un-and-anti-American, sanctimoniously-waxing-fat-in-California, post-plastic-surgery, pompously pontificating Pommy poofter.

    • John Cleese is funny. He has a wicked sense of humor and timing.

      Piers isn’t. One you get past the smarmy smirk (which, as a contrarian on America’s Got Talent he put to good use…) there’s not much else.

  • Commander_Chico

    King may often have had a boring show but at least he wasn’t such a jerk to his guests.

    King was the master of the softball question and ignoring the unpleasant stories about the guest that everyone wanted to know more about. It was a place for celebrity image rehab.

    I’ve never watched more than a couple of minutes of Morgan, and not much more of King over the years (a lot of years and more minutes).

    The show is not about the guests, or the hosts, but the audience.

  • Mallet Head

    King is right about Morgan but has a bad case of ‘my fecal matter don’t stink’ when claiming he never gave an opinion.

  • Paul Hooson

    Piers Morgan may have a pompous style that puts some people off. But, he’s actually a worthy host. I miss him from AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. He was critical in a very constructive way. I don’t know if taking over Larry King’s old show is really the best gig for him, but he does as well as he can to challenge his guests with pointed questions.

    The biggest regret of Piers Morgan: introducing his friend Paul McCartney to one-legged model Heather Mills. This proves that no one’s right all of the time.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    King on his radio show was always full of self praise, (look at his choice of his phony surname) and boastful of connections with stars (something he shares with Morgan) but quite lazy, and not very informed probably because he seldom read..Didn’t see his tv show much but found him very ingratiating, when I did.

  • I’m totally with you guys. Piers Morgan is uncivil…so uncivil, in fact, that he voluntarily sat there and bathed in Alex Jones’ spit for an hour. Uncivil enough to go against a movement to undermine the 1st amendment…yes, the epitome of classlessness.