Today’s cuppa: cappuccino during breakfast with “Dirty Jobs” producer Dave Barsky (who came all the way down from the Valley for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards presentation tonight) at a hotel in Hollywood, where I also ran into Josh Harris of “Deadliest Catch,” who’s presenting awards. Good luck, Josh!

Americas_Got_Talent_Piers_Morgan.jpgBelow find the full text of a syndicated story available this week featuring “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan.

But first, there’s the question of whether Morgan will replace Larry King in the 9 p.m. ET weekday talk-show slot on CNN.

Previously, I wrote about Morgan’s philosophy of talk shows, and in recent days, reports have surfaced that visa issues may delay both King’s retirement and Morgan’s launch.

But, whatever happens, Morgan continues his gig on NBC. Enjoy ...

He may be
Irish by ethnicity and British by nationality, but Piers Morgan loves America,
and over the course of several years as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got
currently airing Tuesdays and Wednesdays, he’s gotten to see a lot of
the nation and its people.

He’s even
written a book about his experiences, called “God Bless America:
Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit,
” released in 2009.

“When I
used to come here as a young show-business reporter for one of the London papers, I had a
warped view,”
Morgan says. “The only Americans I met were lawyers,
entertainment agents, managers and celebrities, which is not a very good
reflection of the real America.
So, you end up thinking all Americans are like that, because they’re the only
ones you meet.

“The same
way, if you’re on holiday in Europe, and you
see a bunch of football hooligans fighting, you could go, ‘God, they’re a bunch
of savages.’ “

As to what
he’s learned during his travels, Morgan says, “What a huge country this is, and
so varied. As I’ve traveled around with ‘America‘s Got Talent,’ I’ve gone to
the North, South, East, West – everywhere very different.

“The common
ground, I think, is that American people are very courteous in a way, I think,
Brits have unfortunately become less courteous. There’s a great spirit and
energy about America.
There’s a real can-do mentality, where you don’t have a social class structure.
Your structure is based on achievement and people who have done well for
themselves. You embrace that and encourage that.

intoxicating for Brits, where, a lot of the time in Britain, it’s what kind of
silver spoon you were born with in your family, is how you get on.

“So it’s
nice, the can-do mentality. America‘s
not perfect, but it has a great spirit to it. Certainly if I was in trouble,
I’d want to have a couple of Americans in my corner.”

New this
season to “America‘s
Got Talent” is judge Howie Mandel, who replaced David
Americas_Got_Talent_Piers_Morgan_Nick_Cannon_Sharon_Osbourne_Bret_Michaels_Howie_Mandel.jpgHasselhoff in the trio
that also features Morgan and his fellow “Celebrity Apprentice” alumna

(Photo: from left, Morgan, host Nick Cannon, Osbourne, guest performer Bret Michaels, Mandel)

“It’s been
fun, hasn’t it?”
Morgan says. “Howie’s fantastic. He’s spent his entire time
trying to wind me up, as we say in the U.K., and he’s successful.

“So he’s
very, very irritating, but in a very funny way. It’s all humor. He makes me
laugh more offstage than he even does onstage.”

Despite the
focus, for example, on young talent on such shows as “American Idol,” Morgan
notes that favorites on “Talent” are much more diverse in every way, including

“A lot of
the older acts have really captured the young mind,”
Morgan says. “I don’t
think age is ever a barrier on ‘America‘s
Got Talent.’ It’s all about the character and heart and talent.

likability is a big thing. They’ve got to like you. If people like you, you can
go a long way with a reasonable talent. Where some people have got a great
talent but no personality, they often just get bombed out. The public finds
them rather boring.”

Last season
on “America‘s Got Talent,” a
chicken catcher from rural Kentucky
named Kevin Skinner won the big prize. Earlier winners include ventriloquist
Terry Fator, who is now a top-tier act in Las
. Morgan expects more of the same t
his season.

“I think
we’re going to have an amazing semifinal and final based on what I’ve already
he says. “We’ve got some fantastic talent, and we’re going to produce
two or three big stars. Everyone’s very excited on the show.”

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