Larry King Exits CNN after 25 Years

December 18, 2010

Once an iconic titan of the industry, but trailing heavily in ratings recently, Larry King exits his namesake show on CNN after 25 years. With a star-studded line up of guests, the late night interviewer picked a good night to hang up the suspenders. Get the full story, plus pictures and video from the show below!

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Struggling to stay relevant in recent years, the once dominant show has slipped in the ratings against more controversial and younger hosts on rival networks. But the news network’s famed anchor certainly held she respect and love of celebrities and politicians alike, who made appearances on his show en masse to celebrate his career.

“Good evening, and welcome to the last ‘Larry King Live,'” he said as the show opened Thursday. “It’s hard to say that. I knew this day was coming. These words are not easy to say.”

President Obama even made an appearance on the show via a taped recording. Sadly, the aging Larry King showed his years when attempting to conduct interviews via teleconference with his guests. Awkward silences and constant interruptions ensued in his talk with Bill Clinton due to a slight delay in audio transmission. Then, the CNN show host cut off Dr. Phil mid-sentence in another teleconference.

But, true to his old form, in-person interviews went much smoother. Attempting to prevent the show from turning into a funeral procession, comedian Bill Maher reminded the audience that King will continue to appear on CNN, just not in this time slot.

“This is not Larry’s funeral,” he said. “He’s hopefully going to be in our living rooms for a lot of years to come. This is the end of a show, not the end of a man.”

Signaling the end of an era, the CNN host gave an appropriate farewell to his loyal audience.

“You’re not going to see me go away, but you’re not going to see me on this set anymore,” King said. “I don’t know what to say except to you, my audience, thank you, and instead of goodbye, how about so long?”

What did you think of the Larry King exit? The CNN anchor was certainly and icon in the industry, but was he still relevant? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! And don’t miss the pictures and videos of his final show below!

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Photos: M. Barraza, Nikki Nelson, Daniel Tanner

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