Rupert Murdoch Tells Piers Morgan His Chances of Success Are ‘Less Than Zero’
The new CNN talk show host says the media mogul told him, “I do not wish you success.”
Don’t expect to see media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Piers Morgan’s CNN show.
When Morgan (who makes his debut Monday night) asked the Fox News owner to appear, he flat-out said no.
Morgan is replacing Larry King, whose show dominated prime-time cable news program ratings in the 1990s but took a second seat to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in recent years.
"'Your chances are less than zero,'" Morgan quotes Murdoch as saying to him, according to the New York Times. "'I wish you good luck, but I do not wish you success.'"
Morgan said he knows he will be judged on whether he can improve CNN’s ratings in the 9 p.m. hour.
“If I do, I’m a genius,” he said, adding that his ratings benchmark is 650,000, roughly what King averaged in his final months. “If I don’t, I’m a half-wit. There is no middle ground.”
Morgan is already generating plenty of ideas to make his show a must-see.
Among them (according to the New York Post): Interviewing the makers of the troubled Broadway show Spider-Man, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and devoting a show to the Kennedy family featuring Katie Holmes, who starred in the controversial miniseries The Kennedys, which the History Channel recently dropped.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Perez Hilton have agreed to appear on a future show about Twitter, he told the paper, which also mentioned that Anthony Hopkins and Barbara Walters have agreed to be interviewed by Morgan in the near future.