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Could Ryan Seacrest take over for Larry King?

seacrest0128Ryan 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.

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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.

26 comments Add your comment

JTesla

June 30th, 2010
12:13 pm

Ryan is set to take over the world. I think Ryan is one to keep an eye on over saturation, but this may be the gig that gets him regular television exposure (year round exposure)

Piers, hmm has he done anything of this nature?

RxDawg

June 30th, 2010
12:24 pm

Don’t forget, Ryan is an Atlanta native. I doubt that would effect CNN’s or Ryan’s decesion much, but it might a little bit.

Rickster

June 30th, 2010
12:31 pm

I think Ryan would definitely boost CNN’s ratings in that time slot. I don’t think Piers would be a good fit.

But if Ryan isn’t the most overexposed celebrity on the planet… he’s getting awfully dang close to taking the title.

Rickster

June 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

Rodney… any chance you could add a “Not sure” choice on the poll in the future?

wreckedpizza

June 30th, 2010
1:18 pm

I think CNN should hire JTelsa. He would ask the real questions that we want answered. And Kim Kardashian would surely be a regular guest.

wreckedpizza

June 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

Or they could hire JTesla. Learn to spell, dammit!

Rickster

June 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Heck… they should hire me! I’d ask tough questions in a less snarky way, still have KK as a regular guest, plus Carrie Underwood & Kelly Clarkson! (with the occasional interview with some eye candy for the females too! :-)

JP

June 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

Ryan Seacrest is always listed as the top candidate whenever ANYONE leaves a job. My guess is, every time a Taliban leader is killed, they sit around in their cave going, “Do you think we could get Ryan Seacrest to replace him?”

Deirdre

June 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

Deirdre

June 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

Rumors are around that Piers Morgan already has the job. Just details to work out. It’s my opinion that CNN would be going in a better direction with Ryan…but they don’t listen to me so…meh!

JTesla

June 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

Now Rickster, it’s not a competition, but I would have all those celebrities and more. I wouldn’t just have Kim Kardashian, I would have one show where the whole focus would be on her greatest asset. “Don’t talk Kim, you’re ruining the moment.” Watch out Ryan, I’ll out interview you!

wreckedpizza

June 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

See why I nominated JT? He is a visionary and would make the show “pop” like never before. Probably would even bring on Diana D. and maybe Lindsey Cardinale just for his pal wreckedpizza! Oh, what a lovely dream…

RK

June 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

Just end the show. Larry King Live with someone else is a different show, and this format is insignificant now, anyway.

RK

June 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

And have fun listening to the best Larry King tape ever, when he was “exhausted after 30 nights”: http://gawker.com/5031481/the-long-lost-drunk-larry-king-tapes

JTesla

June 30th, 2010
1:56 pm

I sort of agree with RK. End the show, CNN needs something other than a tired format to compete.

However, just to prove my point that I’d be a better choice than Ryan I’d also have Patricia Zeevaert as a regular guest http://www.eatliver.com/i.php?n=5400

That has something to do with royalty doesn’t it? At least she was seated next to a Belgian Prince.

KPH

June 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

Does anyone watch the Communist News Network alias CNN anymore anyway? Hey let Rham F bomb Emanuel be the host with Hanoi Jane Fonda as his sidekick. LOL!

RK

June 30th, 2010
2:13 pm

I don’t watch any news. I get mine from the intronet.

CC

June 30th, 2010
2:18 pm

Piers Morgan has a strong journalism background. Before he first came to our notice as a finalist in Celebrity Apprentice, he was the top editor in one of the British newspapers.

Marina

June 30th, 2010
2:34 pm

CNN CANNOT BE SERIOUS!! Ryan?? Cammon now! let’s close our eyes for a moment and imagine Ryan conducting a serious interview with world leaders, tyrants, taking on challenging issues and holding his own against legendary entertainers.. WHAT A NIGHTMARE! Sorry to have put you throught that! Ryan would be a HORRIBLE CHOICE! He is still at the “holding a hairbrush infront of a mirror and practicing to be larry king” stage. Besides I AM SO SICK OF HIM! He is on 1000 Radio Shows, The E Channel, He has his hands on every reality show on the said channel, he has american idol, hosts the new years eve parade, telethons, marathons – what’s next? bra inspections? I mean.. Cammon! – GO AWAY RYAN! :-( :-( !!!

RK

June 30th, 2010
2:39 pm

As I sat in the airport Sunday, I had to listen to Larry Zeiger interview Lady Gaga. Wow that was awful.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2010
3:11 pm

let’s close our eyes for a moment and imagine Ryan conducting a serious interview with world leaders, tyrants, taking on challenging issues and holding his own against legendary entertainers.

Yeah…Larry King was so good at all that. ;-)

Highlander

June 30th, 2010
5:08 pm

Exactly, D! Larry is the “King” of the softball questions type of interview!

David

July 1st, 2010
7:03 am

I don’t think he is right fit for the job. Need someone more polished and able to talk to all types. Ryan is also way over rated.

jarrod

July 1st, 2010
6:19 pm

Lary king is far from polished.

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SRB

July 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

Please Lord, not Piers Morgan!!