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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?

Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed.

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  • Comment number 1.

    What makes a good chat show host?

    Being called "Michael Parkinson".

  • Comment number 2.

    Most definitely NOT Piers Morgan........I am sure Larry King is quite insulted ;-) But then CNN does also think Richard Quest is a journalist! So maybe we are witnessing the slow decline of CNN

  • Comment number 3.

    Anyone but an American.

    Did anyone see David Beckham's interview with Letterman? The American asked some of the dumbest questions I ever heard, it was embarassing to watch.

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  • Comment number 6.

    What makes a good chat show host?

    Being called "Michael Parkinson".

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    Or alternatively not being called Michael Parkinson!

  • Comment number 7.

    Advice to Piers Morgan ? Stay in America, we already have dozens of mediocre chat show hosts in Britain.

  • Comment number 8.

    Sorry, but nobody can beat Michael Parkinson in my opinion.

  • Comment number 9.

    Doing the complete opposite of Jonathan Ross. A good host is more interested in his/her guests than himself/herself; that's why Ross is doomed to failure.

  • Comment number 10.

    What makes a good chat show host?

    I've yet to see a good chat show, nevermind a host.

    The modern chatshow formula is

    1 opening credits.
    2 read joke from autocue
    3 introduce guest
    4 guest advertises latest project.

    Repeat steps 2-3 until end credits.

    I'd rather set fire to my own knee caps than voluntarily sit through this pointless 'advertainment'.

  • Comment number 11.

    Morgan, you'd better learn to swim pronto, cos this is way out of your depth

  • Comment number 12.

    How would I know or any of the other HYS commentees, none of us are Chat show Hosts. Piers will know as otherwise he wouldn't have got the gig.

  • Comment number 13.

    A good chat show host was Jonathon Ross. What a shame he was hounded out of his job by a spiteful gutter tabloid.

  • Comment number 14.

    I can't think of any decent chat shows within the last 25 years or so. I always found Michael Parkinson rather dull too. Russell Harty was fun and probably my favourite, and Michael Aspel was pretty good though less frequent.

  • Comment number 15.

    A chat-chow host who has actually done some significant research on their guest and can discuss latest projects (informedly) is always going to make for an interesting and current interview. Paul O'Grady really does make an effort to get to know his guests, is knowledgeable about them and can relate to them marvellously. Sadly, the rest of his show is poor.
    Andrew Marr is absolutely top-notch, but only really appeals to those who love political debate (as there is too little on the entertainment side in his AM programme). We never miss a show.
    The worst chat show host of all time has to be Jonathan Woss, who hardly lets his guests get a word in edgeways. Dreadful.
    Parkie was very good (to an extent) however his voice was monotonous and he came over as a little pompous in later years.
    Only advice to Piers Morgan - don't do it! Voice is too nasal.

  • Comment number 16.

    Egotism seems to be what chat show hosts have in common. In that sense Morgan is perfect. They also need to be likeable. In that sense Morgan is not so perfect.

  • Comment number 17.

    Judging by any "chat show" I have ever seen or heard, vacuousness and a liking for damaging gossip. This lowest common denominator material is almost to be expected on commercial television, but if the BBC wishes to save money and raise it's standards still further, a decision to give up chat shows entirely would benefit all of us.

  • Comment number 18.

    So pleased you got the gig, Piers.....it means you're not on the TV here!!

  • Comment number 19.

    My advice would be 'read post number 7 and take the advice'.

  • Comment number 20.

    What makes a good chat show host?

    Apparantly, very little, which is why Piers got the job.

    Its all very well working from script, but a good host will sound like there is NO script

    I doubt whether his cardboard personality will endear him to the more inteligent USA public for long.

    Even on talent shows, with all his now history/experience of such shows he STILL looks and SOUNDS like he is out of place.

    His more serious interviews (LOL) on ITV could have been made by someone made from recycled toilet roll cardboard inserts, just so stiff and uniform.

    Still, I wish him well over there, they are welcome to him, thus, we are saved!!!

  • Comment number 21.

    9. At 09:40am on 09 Sep 2010, meddleman wrote:
    Doing the complete opposite of Jonathan Ross. A good host is more interested in his/her guests than himself/herself; that's why Ross is doomed to failure.
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    He's doomed to failure?

    He's had a (at least) 20 year career and made a lot of money out of being a chat show host. I hope I 'fail' as much as he has!

    You may not like him, but I can't see how you can say he's 'doomed to failure'?

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  • Comment number 23.

    I don't see why its a problem for him (according to other posters).
    He's done it very well on at least 2 different programmes/ Series.

    But there hasn't been a good chat show for decades.

    I recall a ?radio? programme (I think a discussion on 5live) which highlighted the differences between US & UK chatshows and the major one is that US shows usually have a script and a rehearsal using a stand-in sent by the "star" to field the questions and make them look clever/witty/lovely.

  • Comment number 24.

    I think Piers Morgan will do well judging by his interviews with celebs on British telly.

    Nobody will ever come close to Parky who was the king of interviewers.

    As for Jonathon Ross the least said the better.

  • Comment number 25.

    A good chat show host will remain unflappable, even when being attacked by Emu or Grace Jones.

  • Comment number 26.

    My advice to Piers Morgan would be to remember the guests are part of the show too, and to not make the show all about him.

    I appreciate that might be difficult for him, though.

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  • Comment number 29.

    Please, Please, stay in America, for a long time....

  • Comment number 30.

    Camerons dad dies, Clegg is trying to calm fears of cuts, The north is set to be hit the hardest AGAIN in the "We are all in this together" spending review AND this public forum wants to know what makes a good chat show host on prime time AMERICAN CNN. Get real on here and post some questions that are relevant and important to Britain. If we want superficial questions we can go to the pub on quiz night

  • Comment number 31.

    [Ok.
    U'Ve got 2 be there,
    Red Lion 1pm,
    followed by Stratford for the Red Lie On,
    and then Perth for the (Long) Red Lie In.]
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    What makes a good chat show??

    Good questions.

    Mind you, I'd rather have brillant questions...
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  • Comment number 32.

    I am none too fond of chat shows, but my advice to Mr. Morgan for what it is(n't) worth would be:

    First, make up your mind if your chat show is about you or about your guests.

    If you want it to be primarily a vehicle for your own talent, make sure that your jokes are genuinely funny. Laugh with your guests, not at them.

    If you want it to be about your guests, pick interesting people who have actually got something to say - then facilitate them saying it without intruding other than to prompt further comment. SHow genuine interest in them and their contributions.

  • Comment number 33.

    Who cares? One of the curses of modern TV is the chat-show format where overpaid nonentities ask stupid questions of other overpaid nonentities, assuming that viewers are really interested in them. Brain-deadening.

  • Comment number 34.

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

    Although April fools Day is over 6 months ago, this has got to be the best one I've heard in a while.

    I couldn't stop laughing. Thank you BBC, great to see you have retained some sense of humour.

    Piers Morgan replaces Larry King

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

  • Comment number 35.

    Picking unusual guests
    Allowing them to talk.
    Being able to think on your feet and lead the guest to interesting and entertaining stories.
    Very few have ever managed that.
    Early Parkie possibly.

    But don't let the show become a plug fest

  • Comment number 36.

    My advice to Morgan - don't stay anywhere that requires more than a week's notice.

  • Comment number 37.

    8. At 09:39am on 09 Sep 2010, suzie127 wrote:
    Sorry, but nobody can beat Michael Parkinson in my opinion.
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    Terry Wogan, without fear of contradiction - or contradiction worthy of merit or consideration.

    The man is a legend!

  • Comment number 38.

    With regard to job cuts - may I suggest the BBC start with the person who comes up with these topics for debate!!

  • Comment number 39.

    My advice to Piers? Stay in the US. They might like you.

  • Comment number 40.

    Please, Please, Stay in America, for a long time.. Advice to Americans, put this show on very late at night, when no one is watching...

  • Comment number 41.

    Don’t come back

  • Comment number 42.

    I don't think it's Piers Morgan. He's so pre occupied with himself, his own views, his own celebrity and his own self promotion that no guest will ever be able to compete.

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  • Comment number 44.

    Being a bore.

  • Comment number 45.

    10. At 09:43am on 09 Sep 2010, Nok wrote:
    What makes a good chat show host?

    I've yet to see a good chat show, nevermind a host.

    The modern chatshow formula is

    1 opening credits.
    2 read joke from autocue
    3 introduce guest
    4 guest advertises latest project.

    Repeat steps 2-3 until end credits.

    I'd rather set fire to my own knee caps than voluntarily sit through this pointless 'advertainment'.
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    You missed the main requirement for a current chat show host, to always talk in a very high camp manner, giggle a lot at their own purile jokes/witticisms/double entendres.

    Like most men I find this extreemly unfunny and cannot listen, my wife like most women love it.

    Ross was a case in point, women watched him, men didn't. He was kept on at the BBC because he and his followers said he was worth it, long after most people had stopped (some of us never started) laughing at his jokes (sic).

    Piers Morgan is another self promoting windbag, watch his performance on 'have I got news for you' and realise what a nasty person he becomes when he is not fawned over.

    The americans actually believe the hype that their chat show hosts put out. That and an endless procession of self promoting interviewees who are 'soooooo' desperate to be seen will ensure that he will be watched. I hope so, anything would be better than him returning to our screens for a long time.




  • Comment number 46.

    Larry King is an icon. The ease with which he carries out his interviews, having all his facts at his finger-tips and above all showing genuine courtesy to his guests for giving their time and energy place him at the very top of talk-show programmes. Even Oprah Winfrey fails to surpass Larry King in her remarkable gift of the gab! Larry King will be missed come January 2011 and his successor will have a very difficult act to follow. The best advice one could give him is to be natural, be a good listerner and always focus on the positive strengths of the guests. Putting guests on the defensive all the time would be stirring a witch's brew. Laughter and humour have been Larry King4s strengths. His successor would be wise to take several leaves from Larry's on-line successes as talk-show host!

  • Comment number 47.

    Have i been referred for calling him a disgraced tabloid editor?

    I meant twice disgraced.

    Firstly he insisted that photographs printed in the Mirror of British troops assaulting Iraqi prisoners were genuine, even after it was established that they were fake ( a point he did, eventually concede).

    Secondly he was implicated in a shares scam after the financial page of the Mirror reccommended readers invest in certain companies in which Mr Morgan & the financial editors of the paper already held shares.

    Both these incidents are well documented and well within the public domain.

  • Comment number 48.

    Didn't he have to resign as a newspaper editor because he was fooled by fake photos of alleged abuse of Iraqis?? I'm not sure that his anti service personnel bigatory will be accepted in the US as the people there seem to support their soldiers.
    Seems that CNN went for the cheap option or perhaps no one in their HR department knows about Google search. Just seems strange that any serious US broadcaster would accept our rejects.
    Hey ... Piers .... wanna buy London Bridge ;)

  • Comment number 49.

    " The only advice I would give him Dont come back to the U.K. or all your earnings will be taxed again at a much higher rate!!! What makes a good chat show host? lack of anyone able to do the job. Most of the real talent ? has pass away or now too old.

  • Comment number 50.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 51.

    11. At 09:44am on 09 Sep 2010, Mike from Brum wrote:
    Morgan, you'd better learn to swim pronto, cos this is way out of your depth

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    eh! I hopea he no learn to swimma!

  • Comment number 52.

    9. At 09:40am on 09 Sep 2010, meddleman wrote:
    Doing the complete opposite of Jonathan Ross. A good host is more interested in his/her guests than himself/herself; that's why Ross is doomed to failure.
    So meddleman, how long are we going to have to wait for Ross to become this failure? He's been on the TV for, what, twenty years. Surely if he was such a failure he wouldn't have lasted this long.
    I must admit I do not like his style but obviously plenty of other people do, that cannot be called failure. (Jealousy springs to mind)

  • Comment number 53.

    In a time of difficult government decisions regarding cuts, an American president facing a crisis election, our lads being killed out in Afghanistan, job cuts facing thousands, the death of the PM's father, the best HYS BBC can come up with is about whether "Piers Morgan (perhaps the most disliked man in TV) would make a good chat show host?"

    Dear me BBC, I advise slashing the spending needed to cover HYS if this is the drivel you come up with.

  • Comment number 54.

    Read the research and get on top of it.
    Don't let the guest dictate the agenda.
    Ask a mix of easy and difficult questions.
    Listen to the answers and ask questions off the back of them.
    Be prepared to stray from the script if the guest says something unexpected or illuminating.
    Don't push the guest's product too obviously (flashing book/CD to camera,"wonderful, wonderful") etc.
    Stay in the background and let the guests shine.
    Don't fill silences too quickly; those often show little gaps in the armour.
    Stop trying to kid us all that you're the best of mates when we know you first met each other a couple of hours before in make-up.
    Don't be rude or insulting for cheap laughs.
    Remember that a lot of the audience is sharper than you think you are.

    On most of those criteria, Michael Parkinson was a great chat-show host. Terry Wogan was a lot better and more insightful than he got credit for. Equally, much as I admire Jonathan Ross as a consummate broadcaster, he failed on just about all these criteria as a chat-show host.

  • Comment number 55.

    Not much of a talk show fan, but always enjoyed the shows where there was a bit of unexpected comedy - like when the "Les Tosseurs", ie the Bee Gees,stormed off half way through being intereviewed by Clive Anderson - brilliant tv.

  • Comment number 56.

    What makes a good chat show host?

    Absence.

  • Comment number 57.

    Probably anyone not an Arsenal fan!

  • Comment number 58.

    I am sure Piers Morgan does not consider this a subject for discussion on HYS considering the sheer bedlam the BBC has been largely ignoring all around it. He has a job, so what?

  • Comment number 59.

    Don't try and be Larry King or any of the other chat show hosts gone before.

  • Comment number 60.

    One who says 'this is my last show'!

  • Comment number 61.

    Although it's not a talk show I think John Stewart does a very good job of interviewing the guests on The Daily Show.

    I never saw the appeal of Parkinson, the guy could bore for Britain and his monotonous tones used to send me off to sleep. Wogan wasn't any better & Clive Anderson was only worth watching because of the regularity with which he used to offend or upset his guests.

    Saying that, talk shows aren't a particularly good format as the guests only come on to plug whatever they're trying to sell and most of the questions are banal and uninteresting which results in answers of the same standard. The best interviews tend to be when the guest is someone the host knows well and feels comfortable asking awkward or off-beat questions that then produce genuinely funny anecdotes or reveal something interesting about themselves that you hadn’t previously known.

  • Comment number 62.

    A good chat show host needs to not be irritating to the viewer. Which would rule mr morgan out for me. I saw a documentary he did the other year about the neighbourhood of sandbanks in poole and his interviews let an otherwise interesting show down because he asked some very very weak and rather pathetic questions.

    Jonathan ross was great back in the day on the last resort. but that got tired by the end. so maybe his whole format never recovered

  • Comment number 63.

    One that asks a question and then keeps their gob shut while the guest answers.

  • Comment number 64.

    Who would make a good chat show host?
    Any of the Today presenters in my opinion. John Humphreys interviewing Wayne Rooney -great!!!

  • Comment number 65.

    I'm laughing my socks off.

    Poor old Piers, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't invite him to dinner, but good luck to the fellah, boy's done good. He's never going to invite me onto his show is he, so we're probably even!

    What a load of jealous, unromantic people we are!!

    And all this slagging of of Jonathan Ross, what you have to remember is most of his guests liked being on his show more than they did being on others, so he couldn't have been all that bad. And don't forget, the show was called 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross', not 'Friday Night with someone that Jonathan Ross has invited to talk more than Jonathan Ross'.

    I enjoyed it for what it was, I like JR, I liked his radio show, I miss him not being there to make me laugh on a Saturday morning. All respect to Zoe and Patrick, they are fine broadcasters also. Zoe has a mighty sexy voice.(sorry mods, and Patrick, you're voice I'm sure, is sexy too) Brian Matthews is a music and radio god.

    You don't have to watch people that you don't like, use the remote; and if you can't say something good about a person, then say nothing.

  • Comment number 66.

    I used to like parky and even wogan but now its just the overpaid interviewing the overpaid in personal ego trips on both sides- yawn yawn

  • Comment number 67.

    The inability to do anything else. And, if you're Michael Parkinson, a tendency to have a very high opinion of yourself and a misguided belief that what you do is profoundly skillful.

  • Comment number 68.

    'What makes a good chat show host?'
    One that doesn't leave you with an overwhelming desire to brick the television screen, which puts Piers Morgan out of the running.

  • Comment number 69.

    Thanks 61 Id forgotten Clive Anderson upsetting his guests. That was good bursting over inflated egos on talk shows which now seem to be populated by guest booked by their agents to plug ther latest film book etc etc free advertising most of the time rather than interesting chat

  • Comment number 70.

    Who is your greatest chat show host?
    John Freeman, now 95 - Labour MP, High Commissioner in India, British Ambassador to Washington, Chairman of London Weekend Television, editor of the New Statesman and presenter of the brilliant "Face to Face" program.
    Compared to a giant like Freeman, Piers Morgan and Wossy are mere self-aggrandising homunculi.

  • Comment number 71.

    advice to CNN -- Piers Morgan is not an adequate substitute for for anything, let alone a competent host like Larry King.

    otoh though, I'm glad he'll leave the UK.

    "Who is your greatest chat show host?"

    recent UK: Jonathan Ross.

  • Comment number 72.

    Someone who can be bought by their employers.

    Someone who will spy with impunity and threaten others to get what they want.

    Someone who feigns to be a caring, interested person when they are the absolute opposite.

    That's what gets you the jobs.......

    Just the same with doctors, newspaper editors, young politicians and footballers.

    Shame, isn't it?

  • Comment number 73.

    CNN is where Americans involved in media go to END their careers. Have you ever heard of any stars coming OUT of CNN? Its like a roach motel for media workers, they may check in, but they won't check out with any media career left.

    Like it or not, Fox is where you go launch a new media career.

  • Comment number 74.

    The best chat show host is someone who lets the guest do most of the talking. They should not insult the guest but also not let them off difficult questions.

  • Comment number 75.

    Sop the USA have really lost it Piers Morgan to take over from Larry King well that should end the program when personality less joins is this because he married at last and was this a wedding present? I do wish the USA did not think all Brits are so dumb but they do we get Kevin Spacy and they get Piers I would say that is a fair swap.

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  • Comment number 77.

    What makes a good chat show host? Good research. Don't just ask questions that are answered in the press release.

    I had the honour to be in the audience when Michael Parkinson interviewed Sean Connery. It might have been chummy but the atmosphere was absolutely electric and I've never enjoyed an interview so much before or since.

  • Comment number 78.

    "What makes a good chat show host?

    I've yet to see a good chat show, nevermind a host.

    The modern chatshow formula is

    1 opening credits.
    2 read joke from autocue
    3 introduce guest
    4 guest advertises latest project.

    Repeat steps 2-3 until end credits.

    I'd rather set fire to my own knee caps than voluntarily sit through this pointless 'advertainment'."

    My thoughts exactly!

  • Comment number 79.

    9. At 09:40am on 09 Sep 2010, meddleman wrote:
    Doing the complete opposite of Jonathan Ross. A good host is more interested in his/her guests than himself/herself; that's why Ross is doomed to failure.

    Yes, that's why Jonathan 'highest paid BBC presenter for about 10 years' Ross is doomed to the disappointing failure of his multi-millionaire status and a 25 year TV career, including a long-running saturday night show, hosting about every awards show going, his own radio show and a book or two.

    Think before you speak!

  • Comment number 80.

    The best chat shows fall into two categories in my opinion:

    1. Those that ask interesting people questions that elicit interesting or informative answers that actually teach you something about the person or the subject being discussed.

    2. Those that let story tellers or comedians entertain.

    Parkinson was excellent at both of the above. It was his show, but he wasn’t the focus – he allowed the stars to shine. Bob Monkhouse never attempted the first option, but he was excellent at allowing his guests to entertain the audience. He may have interspersed the show with his own jokes, but for much of the time he simply played straight man to whoever was sitting opposite and allowed them to perform.

    The worst chat shows are those where the host is the star, and where the interviews are little more than glorified adverts for whatever film or book the interviewee is trying to plug. The guests simply go through the motions for a few minutes without any kind of personal input, whilst the host simply feeds them opportunities to plug even more. Jonathan Ross is a prime example, and Letterman has made a fortune without asking a guest a difficult or challenging question for years. They both started off with the talent and intelligence to be good interviewers, but both took the easy option of becoming little more than purveyors of celebrity gossip whilst revelling in their own fame.

    Having said that, I think the days of in-depth one-on-one interviews are long gone. TV now panders to an audience obsessed with celebrity gossip, whilst the stars go to extraordinary lengths to play the media in order to sell the image image they want to sell whilst protecting their true private lives. They want to go on the shows when it suits them in order to sell product, but they don’t want to actually sit and talk in depth with someone in front of a camera. Many ‘celebs’ actually make a living by carefully releasing ‘exclusives’ about their lives to the media, so they certainly don’t want to give it away on a chat show unless it suits their sales plan!

  • Comment number 81.

    the chat show formula is fundamentally flawed. It is purely an opportunity for 'advertainment' as somebody put it here. Questions range from the inept to the boring and down right embarrassing. Guests are usually people of little merit and are usually celebrities who will disappear without trace within a few years. Very rarely do people of real worth allow themselves to be interviewed in this format. When, for instance, did Frank Zappa ever submit himself to a chat show?

    To answer the question, the best chat show hosts recognise the genre for the waste of time it is and do and say things that are deliberately designed to be satirical, outrage, shock and appeal to the sick end of our sense of humour. So my top hosts would be Graham Norton, Chatty Man, Mrs. Morton, (Bless her.)and of course Jonathan Woss. Between them they have appealed to my lowest common denominator and have stirred up so much bile amongst the PC brigade that they have kept me entertained for years.

  • Comment number 82.

    Why is this even a question on HYS? I'm from the U.S. and I could care less about CNN let alone why would anyone from the U.K. even bother with something like this.

  • Comment number 83.

    Someone who s good at chatting. Next question please.

  • Comment number 84.

    I've never understood the growing popularity of Mr Morgan in the US. Perhaps they regard him as the stereotypical English gentlemen. I've always thought of him as a sleazy arrogant socialist hack for a gutter tabloid newspaper. Who can forget his infamous appearance on "Have I Got News for You" when he threatened Ian Hislop by unleashing his photographers with their telephoto lenses on his house? What about the made-up photographs he printed in the Daily Mirror supposedly showing Iraqi's being tortured by our soldiers? I don't think that would go down well in America where people are fanatically loyal to their armed forces.

  • Comment number 85.

    The best: "Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny!"
    The Johnny Carson "The Tonight Show", which ran thirty years, ending in 1992.
    What makes a good talk show host?
    - good at making conversation, so good they get paid for doing it and high ratings keep it that way
    - makes the guest seem very interesting, no matter how dull and uninteresting s/he may actually be
    - pays attention, asks penetrating questions, listens to the answers, and actually generates more talk from the answers
    - never takes him/herself too seriously and can admit a mistake.
    I never enjoyed Larry King; sometimes his shows were just not "important". Sometimes, I thought he was losing interest; sometimes he seemed bored.
    Therefore, I look forward to Piers Morgan who seems personable, intelligent, quick-witted, humble and experienced.
    Remember - Piers Morgan's Life Stories. Each program was devoted to one special celebrity guest. The interviews were intimate, in-depth, emotional and lasted an hour.
    Now that Piers Morgan is filling "the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer of them all", I hope that he can forget whose suspenders he is filling and just be Piers Morgan.
    As for the head-to-head interview perhaps being a tired format.
    Nope, that's just the host getting tired.

  • Comment number 86.

    Don't be like Larry King!

    There is a lot of criticism of Pierce Morgan on here but being honest, he is far better at interviewing people than Larry King is. Larry seems to soft-balls all his guests; sometimes you wonder if he is being paid to ask the questions by their PR companies!

  • Comment number 87.

    Oh who cares, at least it gets him off Britain's Got Talent. Time they actually had a PROPER talent show judge on there; someone who might actually question the blatant engineering of contestants by the producers and who might actually say something that we aren't all saying at home.

    Good look to Piers on CNN. Nobody watches CNN unless they're stranded in a hotel room abroad with only that and EuroSport for company!

  • Comment number 88.

    Really!?!? - Is this even kind of important?


    ps - #3 - didn't appreciate that...ever hear of Jeremy Kyle? Don't think it has to do with nationality.

  • Comment number 89.

    A good chat show host is one who ask the questions that we would all most like to ask and gives the guest time to answer the question and not to patronize them. The Michael Parkinson show was like an old boys club week after week most of his guest were mostly his golfing mates. Babbling Jonathan Ross was the worst by far.Piers Morgan is the best one.

  • Comment number 90.

    I suppose it depends on what you want a chat show host to be. Funny, incisive, reflective or just plain chatty. Personally, I am feeling very weary this morning so I will vote for who I'd like to see.

    Brian, in Family Guy. Sorry, I need more coffee.

  • Comment number 91.

    73. At 12:29pm on 09 Sep 2010, glenbarrington wrote:
    CNN is where Americans involved in media go to END their careers. Have you ever heard of any stars coming OUT of CNN? Its like a roach motel for media workers, they may check in, but they won't check out with any media career left.

    Like it or not, Fox is where you go launch a new media career.
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    Only if you a rabid right-wing republican with a festering hatred of Barak Obama and believe he's a muslim because his middle name is Hussain.

    Fox is the joke network on american TV. It doesn't matter how implausable the subject; if it attacks Obama, democrats, foriegners (in that order) it will be shown. Nothing else ever is.

  • Comment number 92.

    What makes a good chat show host?
    I don't know because I have NOT seen one yet!
    To date it's just the same old, same old! B Oring!

  • Comment number 93.

    Frankly my dear, I don't give a d**n. Just as long as Mr Morgan is not on MY screen I don't give two hoots what he does or where he is.

  • Comment number 94.

    If the BEEB don't know the answer to this, what are they doing in Broadcasting.....
    Can we have a decent question next time please......

  • Comment number 95.

    Larry king was brilliant at avoiding any tricky questions and making his guests feel at ease and not causing any controversy.

    Or put it another way he asked people to advertise their books and movies and didn't ask any real important questions and sucked up to each and everyone of his guests.

    Maybe its only those inside the media that believe he is a brilliant journalist, you know praise the oldest serving chimp in a house full of performing chimps.

  • Comment number 96.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 97.

    Just in case any americans or anyone affiliated with cnn is reading this,
    Piers Morgan is brilliant please put him on air 7 days a week 50 weeks a year for ever.
    Hopefully he will never be back on our screens over here again .

  • Comment number 98.

    Looking on the bright side, if he's over there, he won't be over here!

  • Comment number 99.

    82. At 1:10pm on 09 Sep 2010, rich p wrote:
    Why is this even a question on HYS? I'm from the U.S. and I could care less about CNN let alone why would anyone from the U.K. even bother with something like this.

    =================================

    Because he lost his job in disgrace in the UK, and we are all amazed he is so popular in the US!

  • Comment number 100.

    Alan Partridge is the only true chat show host. He's not real you say? Oh, I always thought it was all the other ones that were fake...

 

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