Tapper Takes Morgan’s Time Slot for a Test Drive

By Patrick Tutwiler Comment

With “Piers Morgan Live” now but a distant memory, the competition for Morgan’s old slot has begun in earnest. Tonight,  Jake Tapper starts a week of double shift duty -he will host both a 4:00 pm and a 9:00 pm version of “The Lead” -in an effort to show that he can be the prime-time star Jeff Zucker is looking for.

While we hear that Tapper is the favorite for the gig, Zucker will also reportedly try out Michael Smerconish, Bill Weir, and Don Lemon in the hour.

After each potential host has auditioned, Zucker will then subject them all to endurance trials and a gross-out eating contest before forcing them to live together in a house for one month. Only then will Americans have the chance to vote for their favorite.

At least, we’re pretty sure that’s how it works.