Larry King Announces He’s Retiring His Suspenders, After 25-Years

June 30, 2010

(ChattahBox)—CNN’s Larry King, a legend in cable news, announced this week that he is retiring in the fall and hanging up his suspenders. King, 76, has held court on “Larry King Live” for 25-years, conducting 50,000 interviews, including sit-downs with all U.S. Presidents, since Nixon and world leaders, such as Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. King first announced his retirement on twitter, saying “Announcing tonight: I’m ending my nightly show this fall but continuing at CNN.”

After a year of falling ratings in his nightly 9 p.m. time slot, speculation abounded that CNN was searching for a replacement. But King insists he went out on his own terms and wasn’t pushed out:

“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,” King wrote.

“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.”

King will return to CNN for a series of specials. And he says he will exit CNN by November, at the latest.

Who will replace King? The LA Times reports that various names have been floated, including Katie Couric. And King suggested American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest:

“It remains unclear who will replace him. British newspapers recently reported that Piers Morgan, a British journalist who judges NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” was about to sign a deal with the network. CBS anchor Katie Couric’s name has been frequently floated as a possible successor, and King himself reiterated Tuesday that he thinks “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest would be the right pick.”

Meanwhile, King is looking forward to life without the daily grind of hosting a TV show. “I’m looking forward — I feel open to so many things. Life will be better,” said King.


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