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Larry King Live: CNN Series Signs Off After More Than 25 Years

Larry King LiveTonight, Larry King brings his signature talk show to a close after more than 25 years on the air. Via CNN’s Larry King Live, the suspenders-wearing host has conducted thousands and thousands of interviews and recorded more than 6,000 shows.

King, whose series has declined in the ratings over the years, announced last summer that he would be retiring from his regular talk show duties in the fall. He ended up continuing until today while a deal with Piers Morgan could be worked out to replace him.

Morgan, best known for co-judging on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, has an impressive background as a journalist. He served as an editor for the Daily Mirror and currently hosts an interview program in the UK. Morgan’s CNN show will debut in the same timeslot in January. It will be based in New York but will also operate out of Los Angeles and London.

The last episode of Larry King Live is expected to be filled with clips of past shows and tributes from previous interviewees. Ryan Seacrest (who some expected to take over King’s seat) and Bill Maher are expected to appear in addition to 14 others from various locations.

King has said that he will continue to work for CNN, contributing various specials.

Last night, King’s guest was singer/director/author Barbra Streisand. When she tried to get him to answer a question, King quipped, “I just ask questions. I don’t have answers.”

What do you think? Sad to see Larry King go? What do you think of King’s preference to go into interviews with little preparation?

 

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Leila P. Otterman January 2, 2011 at 3:21 am

I always looked forward to Larry King Live. He had interesting guests and knew how to present them so people like me be could be fascinated, entertained and informed.

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bill December 19, 2010 at 5:01 am

never did like him

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Cuban8 December 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Long overdue!

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griffin December 17, 2010 at 6:19 am

simply one of the best!

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jo nelsen December 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Of course, it’s emotional to see the tenure of an icon come to an end. No one can ignore his contribution of helping us ‘see’ into the lives of other icons, in a personal way we could never otherwise experience. He’s been a workhorse – steady, interesting and graceful, and we will miss him, at the same time we will never forget some of the interviews he has hosted. Thanks, Mr. King!

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mary carney December 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm

thanks larry for the memories–for lucille and becall-you really had them all–we love you and will miss you, but that is not all–we thank you sooooo much

marnie

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Terry Joh December 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

An Old Fart, with Great Taste…

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Patricia from Jersey December 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Good luck Larry… the legend of late night TV ! Will miss you a bunch !
Love, Patricia Khoury from NJ

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Andy December 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Thank You for stand up real journalism,Larry. No yellow faux journalistic nonsence

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