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Larry King Steps Down From His Nightly 'Live' Show

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jun 29th 2010 10:23PM
Larry King, a staple of TV journalism who helped put Ted Turner's CNN on the cable TV map, announced on Tuesday via Twitter, the CNN website and at the top of his show that he would be ending his nightly 'Larry King Live' show this fall after 25 years.

King, 76, won't be leaving CNN; he'll host several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects.

There had been much media speculation during the last several months that King would be leaving the show; his once-dominant ratings had been declining and he was going through a series of personal crises, including a divorce filing and later reconciliation with his wife Shawn Southwick. In June, Southwick attempted suicide at her home in Utah.

"Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you," King said to his audience. "Twenty-five 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'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."

According to Jon Klein, president of CNNUS, King "will end his run ... on his own terms, sometime this fall. Larry is a beloved member of the CNN family and will continue to contribute to our air with periodic specials."

During his Tuesday night show, King told guest Bill Maher, "I want to expand. I want to do other things that I haven't been able to do."

The idea to step aside came to him after he completed his week-long 25th anniversary celebration, he told the CNN website. "I'm thinking to myself, I've done 50,000 interviews. I'm never going to top this." Among the many, many luminaries: Marlon Brando, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Paul McCartney, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, L. Ron Hubbard, Madonna and Martin Luther King Jr. The list, obviously, is endless.

King was hosting a nationally-syndicated overnight radio talk show when CNN founder Ted Turner convinced him in 1985 to try his interviewing skills on cable TV. And the rest is history.

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Mike Adams

I Give Larry A Big Salute For Stepping Down, So When Is That Tired OLD Regis Gonna Step Down ??? He Is Close To Dimmensha !!!

June 30 2010 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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