Piers Morgan to Replace Larry King

It’s now official. Piers Morgan of “America’s Got Talent” will take over the spot to be vacated by Larry King this fall.

CNN announced on Wednesday that Morgan, who was widely speculated to replace King, will host an interview program similar to the one he has in Britain starting January 2011. CNN president Jon Klein said the network picked Morgan because he is “able to look at all aspects of the news with style and humor with an occasional good laugh in the process.”

King announced in June that he would end his hosting job for Larry King Live in order to spend more time with his family. Despite stepping down from his show, King will remain visible on CNN as he will continue to host special programs for the network.

Morgan’s selection is part of CNN’s efforts to arrest a slide in viewership. Aside from Morgan, the network will also welcome former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and columnist Kathleen Parker. Spitzer and Parker are expected to team up in a prime-time show that would debut in October.