If Larry King chose his successor it would be... Ryan Seacrest?
Anyway, while Steinberg was watching King dress at work and kibitz with his pals over a "healthy" breakfast (he recently had surgery to clear plaque out of an artery in his neck), he also asked King questions about retirement and who might replace him. While King feels that he'll go at least another ten years, if he were to pick someone to replace him it would be Ryan Seacrest. Yes, that Ryan Seacrest.
"He's the classic generalist," is what King told Steinberg. See, to King, that's a compliment; he later told Steinberg that he doesn't do much preparation before interviewing a guest, making the excuse that he'd rather hear his guests' opinions than prattle on about what he knows. But to me it shows that Seacrest has the same potential to be an empty slate as an interviewer, lobbing the same softball questions that Larry does. I mean, not everyone has to be as much of a bulldog as Mike Wallace, but doesn't Larry realize that his lack of preparation is why people hate his interviews?
Anyway, his opinion on who should replace him doesn't really matter much, as the brass at CNN has already said that King likely won't be replaced after he retires. But I don't know what makes me more violently ill: the prospect of Seacrest doing a marshmallow-fest like Larry's show or those bony shoulders. Let's just say it's a tie.