CNN would like you to know that Larry King isn't going anywhere, thank you very much.
The cable news channel has issued a statement on the recent rumors swirling that King was on his way out, possibly to be replaced by "America's Got Talent" judge and former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan. The story began life as a New York Post item about Morgan supposedly talking with CNN -- and tweaking the channel for its falling ratings (the Post is owned by News Corp., the parent of CNN rival Fox News), then got telephone-gamed into Morgan being on the verge of replacing King.
It's spread far enough that CNN, which at first declined comment, felt compelled to say something on the matter. The network's statement:
"Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of people who would love to succeed Larry King if and when he moves on, but rumors that we are close to signing a deal for a Larry King replacement are untrue. We are currently looking at replacing our 8 p.m. program and that is our priority. Larry is a beloved member of the team, and he will continue to be part of the CNN family into the future."
CNN recently canceled the 8 o'clock show hosted by Campbell Brown and has yet to name a replacement.