Long Live The King!
Larry King set the standard for interviewing. Never out to play “gotcha,” King was able to attract anyone and everyone to his microphone, which is why both his former radio show and his television show are historical records of our times. Earlier in my career, as a young, relatively unknown broadcaster, Larry was very good to me, offering a helping hand when it was needed. Little did I know then that one day I would be on opposite what turned out to be a very tough competitor. You don’t spend 25 years in that chair by accident. To echo what Bill Maher said Tuesday night, I miss him already.
From Tuesday night: (h/t TV Newser)
Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. 25 years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live.
Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids’ little league games.
I’ll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects.
I’m incredibly proud that we recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot. With this chapter closing I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.Click here for reuse options!
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