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What makes a good chat show host?

08:39 UK time, Thursday, 9 September 2010

Journalist and talent show judge Piers Morgan has been confirmed as Larry King's replacement on CNN. What advice would you give him?

The show, which has not yet been named by the US network, will air from January in more than 200 countries.

Referring to King in a statement, the Britain's Got Talent judge said he had "dreamed of one day filling the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer of them all".

Who is your greatest chat show host? What qualities separate an average talk show host from a great one? Is the head-to-head interview a tired format? What talk show genre works best?

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