CNN's Soledad O'Brien: 'I love Larry King.'
As the award-winning journalist prepares her next "Black in America" documentary -- "Almighty Debt," an exploration of the ties between religion and finance that premieres Thursday, Oct. 21 -- she's eager to see how the altered CNN weeknight schedule will fare.
Pulitzer Prize-honored columnist Kathleen Parker's teaming with scandalized ex-New York governor and attorney general Eliot Spitzer begins Monday, Oct. 4, with the debut of "Parker Spitzer." And "America's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan will assume Larry King's talk-show spot in January.
"I think it's great," O'Brien tells Zap2it of the forthcoming CNN lineup. "I think it's a good opportunity to make a primetime that's really competitive, that'll bring people in, and that will do the same thing that I think is the mantra of our company ... to make sure that people are smarter and are learning something, and that [a program] isn't just a shout-fest.
"I look forward to it, and as I've said to everybody on those shows, I am there in any way they need me to contribute." That's always been the case for O'Brien with King, on whose show she has appeared numerous times.
"I love Larry King," she states, "not only because he's great, but also because every time I'm on, he goes into this long hyperbole about how I'm the Finest Journalist in the Whole of the World. Everyone asks if I heard Larry's introduction: 'Soledad O'Brien, the Greatest Journalist Who Has Ever Lived!'
"He's ready to go do other things," O'Brien adds, "but he's still going to be at CNN, and if he'll have me in any of the specials he'll be working on, I'm in. I'm happy to do whatever: 'Mr. King! Mr. King! Do you want milk in your coffee?'"
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