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CNN Asks Larry King To STAY Longer

Larry King

First Posted: 08/20/10 10:35 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

Larry King said he'd leave his CNN show this fall, but the New York Post reports that the network has asked him to stay on longer.

It is all but confirmed that CNN will install Piers Morgan as its new host at 9PM, but there's been no official announcement despite weeks of speculation. What's the hold-up?

According to the Post's Michael Shain, it's Morgan's visa.

Morgan, who is a British citizen, is only approved to work in the US a certain, limited number of days per year. Because he appears on "America's Got Talent," which airs only during the summer, this is all he needs, but if he is to expand his US work presence into a full-time CNN hosting gig, he'll need a new visa — and they don't come easy, Shain reports:

As a British citizen, Morgan needs a special visa that will allow him to work full-time in the US -- and those types of visas are increasingly difficult to get, according to lawyers who specialize in the field.

In general, the process "has gotten much slower in the past year" as the federal government tightens paperwork requirements for immigrants, says one attorney.

As a result, CNN has reportedly asked King to stick around until the end of the year. The host "is said to have jumped at the chance to extend his stay," Shain reports.

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