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Piers Morgan is currently a judge on one of the most popular shows of the summer, America’s Got Talent. The show has drawn the interest of many online gamblers, as previously reported here on CGW. When the show wraps up next week, Morgan will move into his new role on television.
On Wednesday, Morgan and CNN reached a deal that will take Morgan from the judges chair, to the chair formerly occupied by Larry King. Morgan will be replacing King when the media mogul retires at the end of the year. Morgan is expected to take over early in 2011.
America’s Got Talent has become one of the most popular reality television competitions for both fans and gamblers. Online sports books have been offering odds on who will win the competition, and gamblers have responded by taking their chances throughout the season.
“As was the case with American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent has drawn interest from the gambling community,’ said Gaming Analyst Brad Dawkins. “With gamblers looking for something to wager on while football was on hiatus, America’s Got Talent filled that desire this summer.”
Las Vegas sports books have always offered a wide variety of proposition bets for gamblers to place wagers on. Morgan, through his role as a judge on America’s Got Talent, has been in a position to critique the contestants and fans have kept a close eye on his analysis.
Heading into last night, it was twelve year old singer Jackie Evancho that was the favorite to win this season. Evancho has odds of 11/10. Fighting Gravity is the second choice, with odds of 5/2.
CNN will attempt to take advantage of the popularity that Morgan has gained while judging reality competitions on television. Morgan’s background of being a no-nonsense reporter and editor who CNN believes will be able to ask the tough questions that King has posed to his guests for years.