Now that Oprah is searching for the next television superstar, it only stands to reason that we should figure out who should replace Larry King once he retires this fall.
Here’s our list, in no particular order, after the jump!
Ryan Seacrest – Ugh. He’s literally turning into the male Oprah, he’s EVERYWHERE! King has said that he hopes Seacrest is in the running for the position but we hope not. Piers Morgan – Staunch UK tabloid journalist who went legit and now stars on a variety of reality tv programs, including America’s Got Talent and as the winner of The Celebrity Apprentice. Piers has done in-depth interviews in the UK with Katie Price, Geri Halliwell and Dannii Minogue.Jiminy Glick – Okay, we realize that this is a character, but why not, right? Have you seen Jiminy interview someone? It’s classic. Check out this brief interview with Anderson Cooper, which is a gem:Regis Philbin – It seems time for Regis to be able to really step out on his own and onto something else, but perhaps part of Regis’ charm is his interaction with his co-host Kelly Ripa. But it seems that Regis would bring some of the gravitas to the interviews, similar to what King has done over the years. Plus we’d get to hear him yell a lot more. Sally Jesse Raphael - I’ve been begging for years for this woman to come out of retirement with her big red glasses and now is the time! I mean, we don’t find storytelling journalists like her anymore: Helen Mirren – Dame Helen Mirren has done it all, except host a talk show. This woman is sex on a stick still and would be amazing. I really just want her to have a show so every guest will be more interested in her and conversation will be driven about what Helen has done in the course of her life. And all guests shall revere her as the queen of primetime. Whoopi Goldberg - This woman is so damn smart and that’s what makes her brilliantly funny. I wish she’d get off the view and have the opportunity to really show us what makes her tick and have her ask real questions of real people, not just celebrities. I feel with Whoopi we’d get a good, honest representative of what typical Americans want to know. Plus she’s owed more than having a career winding down sitting at a table with Elizabeth Hasselbeck.Rosie O’Donnell – if nothing else than for the fact that she would be in the news all the time and it would be terribly controversial, which equals good ratings for CNN.Who do you want to see take over for Larry when he leaves the desk this fall?