Ryan Seacrest is Larry King’s first choice to take over for him when his CNN interview show ends after 25 years this fall.
Here are some questions:
1) Does Ryan want the job? Perhaps. It’s a high-profile gig and he’s done it before. It fits into Ryan’s job as a host/interviewer. He’d draw a younger audience, for sure. And he wouldn’t be so awkward talking to the likes of T.I. or Lady Gaga.
2) Can he do it given his current contractual obligations? During “Idol” season especially, he will have to cut out at least two nights a week. He has E! News hosting obligations. He also does mornings on KIIS-FM but told Forbes that he is probably not going to sign another radio contract at the end of the year so that would free him up.
3) Would he work on CNN? That’s for CNN executives to judge. King was able to interview royalty, politicians and pop culture figures. Would Ryan be able to handle more news-oriented interviews? Or would CNN not care and just have him focus on his bailiwick: music, TV, movies and the like? It’s not as if CNN is wedded to the King format at all.
CNN reportedly is already pondering Piers Morgan, judge of “America’s Got Talent.”
But the network has time to figure things out since Larry has given them significant notice.