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Piers Morgan, the America’s Got Talent judge who’s set to replace Larry King, promises he’ll kick “ratings butt” in the CNN veteran’s late night slot.

The former newspaper editor-in-chief promises to overhaul Larry’s long-running show. “The format, everything, will change. I’m not just going to be another man sitting in the CNN studio wearing red braces,” Piers said, reports Deadline.

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“What I would say is that there will be significant format changes, and the show will look and feel different and distinctive to Larry’s. I don’t want to copy him because he’s a legend. You don’t follow Sinatra at the Sands and try and warble ‘My Way’…”

Meanwhile, Piers has pledged to reach the No.1 slot: “When it comes to my rivals, however long it takes, I’m going to be there to win,” he says, adding that viewers should prepare “for fireworks”, and that Simon Cowell and Donald Trump are already confirmed guests.

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He added: “Because I know that to get CNN back to the top in prime time is going to take a lot of hard work, determination, tenacity, mischief, revelation, aggression, fun, and brilliant interviews.

“As you guys might put it… It’s time to kick some ratings butt.”

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