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Thursday, December 16, 2010

“Larrypalooza” – Larry King’s farewell after 25 years


December 17, 2010
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - CNN, Michael Martinez, "Larry King ends his record-setting run on CNN"

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Update: "Larry King Live" came to a close after 25 years last night with an array of guests on-hand to give King a proper sendoff. Ryan Seacrest and comedian Bill Maher were in the studio, while satellite brought Arnold Schwarzenegger, Regis Philbin, Donald Trump, Fred Armisen, Dr. Phil, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Barbara Walters, and Bill Clinton (whom King has had on his show 28 times). Even President Obama extended his farewell in a pre-recorded message. King's family (wife, Shawn, and two sons, Chance and Cannon) listened to Tony Bennett sing "Best is Yet to Come" and gave their own sentiments.

It was an emotional farewell, particularly for King who became choked up a few times during the broadcast, particularly with his concluding words: "I don't know what to say, except to you my audience, thank you. And instead of goodbye, how about so long?"

I'm going to miss the guy...for more reasons than one. One of them being his interest in the West Memphis Three case. King dedicated a few shows to it, and I'm worried that no one else, including Piers Morgan, will bring any more attention to a situation that needs all of the attention that it can get.

Go to CNN.com to read Larry King ends his record-setting run on CNN.

December 16, 2010
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - CNN, Ann O'Neill, "For 25 years it has been good to be King" 

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Larry King's farewell show will air at 9 p.m. tonight, Thursday, December 16. After 25 years of hosting Larry King Live on CNN, "Larrypalooza" will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The guests are remaining a mystery until they appear onscreen, though it's sure to be a memorable episode with commendable stars paying tribute to the host of 25 years.

77-year-old King will now host four specials a year. Quite a diminutive number when compared to the 50,000 interviews he's conducted, 6,120 shows he's hosted, and 53 years he's spent in broadcasting. Piers Morgan will be taking over in January with "Piers Morgan Tonight." I wonder if his numbers will come anywhere near King's.
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Piers Morgan and Larry King
What do you think of Piers Morgan taking over? I've seen his British interview show: "Piers Morgan's Life Stories." Not bad when you're interested in the person he's spending the hour speaking to. Morgan comes across much differently in that atmosphere than he does on any clips I've seen of "America's Got Talent." We'll just have to see how he handles the pressure of filling King's seat.

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