Larry King announces television exit

Talk show legend Larry King has officially announced he will be finishing up on Larry King Live after 25 years on television in order to spend more time with his family.

He released this statement a short time ago:

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.

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  • Benjamin Paul

    Although King has been criticised for not asking probing enough questions, I do quite like his interview style – as they are long interviews, and he allows plenty of time for the guest to talk. Recently however, his show has become filled with more advertising, and his guests seem more tabloidy.

    My favourite interview I saw with him was the one with Howard Stern.