Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jeff Probst To Replace Larry King??????

Last night talk show legend Larry King formally announced that he will be ending his show at the end of the summer after a 25 year run. Citing the desire to spend more time with his family (I thought his wife was divorcing him????) King will step down after more than 4,000 episodes. The question now is: Who will replace him?????

Already the rumor mill is swirling with possible successors such as Piers Morgan (America's Got Talent), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), Katie Couric (CBS Evening News), Joy Behar (The View), and even former President Bill Clinton. Another interesting name is none other than Survivor's own Jeff Probst. Whats interesting is that Probst has served as a fill in for King at times over the last few years and he was met with rave reviews for his work. One thing about him is that he is always prepared and always gives an honest effort.

There has been no official word yet on King's replacement but there no doubt will be plenty of talk going forward on this.

MY VIEW: I actually think Jeff Probst would do a great job with this and I would have no problem with him filling the role. Its hard to equate the two but Probst always asks thoughtful questions on Survivor and surely would do likewise here. Ryan Seacrest doesnt fit this role (too pop culturish with his association with Idol), Joy Behar wouldnt work because she is way too political liberally, and Bill Clinton would be a joke. I do think Piers Morgan is an interesting choice as he certainly has the attitude to not back down to anyone. Ultimately my pick would be Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes. Someone with that kind of background and from a powerhouse like that show would work best here. That's just my opinion though. What do you all think? Who would be a good replacement for Larry King? Would Jeff Probst work?

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