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CNN won't replace Larry King when he retires

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 20th 2006 4:29PM
Larry KingIs it me or is Larry King more inattentive and scatterbrained than he has been in the past? I don't know; I've been watching Larry King Live a little bit lately and it just seems that ol' Lar is more intent than ever on asking the next question on his mental list than actually listening to what the interviewee actually has to say and following up on that. He's even interrupted some insightful answers to get to his next question. It just seems like he's almost ready to retire and let a young buck in the timeslot.

But according to Michael Starr of The New York Post, whatever show that will take Larry's place when he finally calls it a career probably won't have the same format. Starr reports that CNN executive Jim Walton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that "It's probably very unlikely that when Larry does retire that we would replace him." This means no Diane Sawyer, not Ryan Seacrest, no Bob Costas all proving that they're better interviewers than King.

I'd imagine the format of the show is a little too slow-paced for the "new" CNN, and, despite the show's still-good ratings, they'll look to do something close to what Anderson Cooper is doing than what Larry did. In fact, they'll probably just slide AC 360 into that time slot and try something else at 10. That would make the most sense, don't you think?

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Bob Jones

I agree with MacGuffin, Charlie Rose is a lot better than King - he should get the spot.

December 20 2006 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Larry still brings the big names in, and he is an old pro that can't be duplicated. But he is increasingly ill-prepared and/or just phoning it in. Often it seems like a waste when he has such great guests and he doesn't get all he can out of them. Also wayyyyyyyyy too many Job Benet Ramsey-type topical shows that seem like a complete waste of time.

I'd like to see Charlie Rose replace Larry at 9 PM Eastern time. I'm not sure if Charlie would be as good as he is now at PBS in a cable show or in this time slot. And I would probably miss his unique format, but then again I would more likely be awake to watch it.

December 20 2006 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Calvert

Larry's constant interruptions have been a hallmark of his interviewing style for a very long time. It's the one thing about his interviewing that has driven me to distraction. Lots of times a guest would be giving a really terrific answer and Larry would blast right in with the next question and cut the guest off. I'd rather hear the guest most of the time than Larry's next question. A few of Larry's recent interviews haven't been that great and I've been somewhat surprised. He had the cast of "The Good Shepherd" on this week and it seemed to me that he was really having a hard time with things. Of course nothing he asked was as totally stupid as Diane Sawyer recently asking Jolie the difference between kissing Matt Damon (in The Good Shepherd) and kissing Brad Pitt. I would think Diane should list that in her "Top 10 Supid Questions I've Asked." I just rolled my eyes at that one. Over the years I've enjoyed Larry's program and no one could really replace him. They might put another interview program on in place of his someday, but I can't imagine that it could be of the same caliber. The constant interruption of guests is nothing new, but it still drives me nuts.

December 20 2006 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph Bua

Larry King won't retire. Ever. He's being kept alive by politicians and celebs who need an easy interview to get thru on national TV.

King is the softest legit interview in American media. I think the box that controls him is in a secret location where only Harvey Weinstein, James Carville and Karl Rove have keys. They take turns using him to their advantage every time someone needs a non-hostile place for a mea culpa.

December 20 2006 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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