Larry King Grills Piers Morgan: 'I Haven't Seen Dangerous' (Video)
King, who appeared as a guest Wednesday on "Piers Morgan Tonight," also explained why he said last week that Morgan had "oversold" himself to American viewers.
Piers Morgan turned into the interviewee on his own show Wednesday night during a segment with Larry King, the man whose time slot Morgan replaced on CNN.
King last week said he took issue with promos touting Morgan as "dangerous" ahead of the premiere of Piers Morgan Tonight. He also said the network "oversold" Morgan ahead of his Jan. 17 debut.
"One of the problems they did was to oversell it -- they said he was going to be dangerous, he was going to be water-cooler talk, it was 'wait till you see me, I'm different.' Well, he's good -- but he's not that dangerous," King said last week.
King appeared as a guest on Morgan's show Wednesday, and Morgan brought up the issue, saying he's "spent the last few months saying that following you is like following Frank Sinatra. I couldn't have paid you higher praise. You come in my backyard and say I'm oversold, dangerous."
But King turned into the interviewer, grilling Morgan about his use of the word "dangerous" in show promos.
"Were you being facetious when you said you were dangerous?" King asked. "Was that an attempt at British humor?"
Morgan then asked King how many of his shows he had watched, and King replied, "About eight. I haven't seen you dangerous yet. I said you're capable."
King then brought up his own upcoming specials on CNN to make his point.
"Supposing I said, 'This first special will be the greatest special in the history of American television, the best -- and dangerous. It's gonna kill you, the special.' I can't live up to that."
Morgan replied: "We couldn't come in and undersell. I'm following a legend. You can't follow Sinatra in Vegas and say, 'By the way, I'm not very good, and this is going to be useless.'"
But King had his own suggestion as to what Morgan's promos should have said: "Why can't you just say, 'Piers Morgan, I'm coming, watch me. Piers Morgan. Piers Morgan starts next Monday.' What's wrong with that?"
Morgan said he's "always oversold himself" and finds the humor in it.
King also asked Morgan about a recent appearance on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman, saying he'd heard that Morgan had told Letterman he was planning to punch King.
"That's not strictly true," Morgan said. "Letterman said to me, 'I need you to punch somebody to get the ratings up. And I said, 'What if it was Larry?' And we decided punching you would not be a great move. But now you’ve challenged me to be dangerous," Morgan said, making a fist. "Maybe I should?" he added, which drew a laugh from King.
Morgan then opened his jacket to reveal that he was wearing suspenders -- King's trademark -- emblazoned with the British flag.
"I carry great responsibility to try and live up the legacy that you left for me," Morgan told King, adding, "I want you to watch the show and to feel that it gets better and that you feel like I'm dangerous. I have to start hitting people or something."
King took that opportunity to grill Morgan once about what exactly he meant by the use of "dangerous."
"I was only kidding," Morgan said, chalking it up to "British humor."
Quipped King: "I'm from Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, if you say you're dangerous, you better be dangerous."
Watch a clip of the interview below.