- America’s Got Talent panelist Piers Morgan, as has been rumored, is close to signing a deal to replace Larry King on CNN. The New York Times is reporting, “If completed, the deal would vault Mr. Morgan, a native of Britain, into the top tier of television interviewers, alongside people like Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, and Katie Couric. It will also demonstrate that CNN thinks there is still room in prime time for long-form interviews with public servants and starlets, a stark contrast to the partisan pundits on its higher-rated rivals, Fox News and MSNBC.”
Will this be a clever move on CNN’s part, or could it be as ghastly and disastrous as anything Connie Chung has done in the past 20 years? It’s a toss-up. I will set aside my profound distaste for the guy and admit he wisely sets his vast ego aside for his interviews. And being an obnoxious, arrogant man (Glenn Beck, Jim Cramer, Olbermann, O’Reilly, Hannity, etc.) hasn’t seemed to hurt anyone in the cable landscape. Maybe there’s room for one with a British accent.
- The Boston Globe‘s Matthew Gilbert thinks Morgan’s CNN show will be a big success: “First of all, we’re not potentially tired of him, as we might be of [Ryan] Seacrest or Couric or the like. And then we do so love our Brits! So classy, even when they’re being mean and tabloidy! Brits like Morgan sometimes seem able to ask difficult questions of American public figures with greater ease than Americans – they don’t need to be loved by viewers in the same way as, say, Oprah or Barbara Walters. Morgan’s reputation as arrogant may help him; Simon Cowell has certainly taught us to embrace and appreciate that type of persona.”
In other news:
- Have British scientists solved the “chicken or the egg?” riddle? Not so fast…(CNN)
- File this under: Don’t count your chickens until they’ve hatched. Amy Winehouse‘s follow-up to Back To Black – you know, the album that doesn’t exist yet – is set to be released in early January 2011, says The Mirror.
- Amy Winehouse’s surgically inserted bazookas were firing skyward at the premiere of her boyfriend Reg Traviss‘ new film.(Daily Mail)
- Comedian/UK national treasure Stephen Fry has split from his partner of 14 years and has been seen out-and-about with 26-year-old History Boys actor Steven Webb.(Daily Mail)
- Some info on Mr. Fry’s alleged beau, Steven Webb: he was a child dancer in Michael Jackson‘s 1997 performance of “Earth Song” at the BRIT Awards, which was infamously interrupted by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. During the melée that ensued, the 12-year-old Webb fell off the stage and cracked a rib. Back in 2007, Webb told London’s Broadway.com, “Jarvis Cocker came on, and I was the kid who was knocked off the stage and hurt. The press got out of hand and said that Jarvis had started punching people. I cracked a rib, but I got back onstage and just carried on. There was a picture of me in the Liverpool Echo below the headline, ‘True Grit at the Brits!’ I got blood on Michael’s silk white shirt, so the footage you see of him is actually rehearsal footage.” Here’s video of Jarvis’ stage invasion, but I don’t see a kid taking a rib-cracking tumble:
- Perez Hilton has reported that Kelly Osbourne and fiancé Luke Worrall have split amidst allegations of Worrall’s infidelity.
- A shamelessly vulgar Janice Dickinson flashes her knickers and flirts with George Best‘s son on the celebrity version of Come Dine With Me.(Daily Mail)
- Needle-thin Cheryl Cole, now recovering from MALARIA, is an alleged “junk food addict” and has been encouraged to change her diet. She almost friggin’ died…let the woman have her damn Mars bar.(Daily Mail)
- David Beckham says England’s poor World Cup performance came down to the players, not coach Fabio Capello.(Telegraph)
- NME reviewer Gavin Haynes trashes the self-titled debut album of Richard Ashcroft‘s new band, United Nations Of Sound, rating it a 3 on a scale of 10, and adding, “[Richard’s] solo career has already been a steady plummet to mediocrity – arrested only by The Verve‘s reunion – but United Nations Of Sound finds Richard actually battling it out with Des’ree for the wooden spoon in cod-philosophizing about ‘life.'” And he quotes a line from Ashcroft’s song “Born Again” that I think is kinda genius: “I saw Venus up in the sky/I turned down my head and Serena smiled… and I’m born again.”
- Haynes’ NME colleague Rick Martin defends Ashcroft, calling him “the greatest frontman of his generation.”