Larry King, the veteran CNN host replaced by Piers Morgan in January told BBC radio 4’s PM programme show on Thursday that his successor, Piers Morgan, "may have been oversold" by CNN as a new, edgy type of broadcaster.
King was asked about the ratings for the Piers Morgan Tonight show, which started at 2.1 million with Oprah, have sunk as low as low as 450,000 with the Kardashians, and have been around 600,000 this week .
"One of the problems they did was oversell it," said King said, whose figures were around 600,000 when he quit. "He was going to be dangerous, he's going to be water-cooler talk...he's good! He's not that dangerous."
The network would have been better off "starting quieter," he added.
King then damned Morgan with some faint praise. He called him "not bad" and "certainly an acceptable host," and saying that he liked Morgan personally.
"He may have been oversold. I wouldn't say this is a bad show," said Larry.