Veteran CNN interviewer Larry King to quit
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Veteran CNN broadcaster Larry King announced his decision to step down from his long-running show Tuesday, ending a record-breaking career that saw him conduct more than 40,000 interviews.
King, 76, said in a statement his signature show “Larry King Live” would go off the air in the autumn after 25 years, allowing him to find “more time for my wife and I to get to the kids’ little league games.”
King’s marriage to seventh wife Shawn Southwick recently appeared to be on the rocks, with the wiry anchorman filing for divorce in April. The couple has since reconciled, according to reports.
King, one of the most recognizable figures on US television, said he still plans to work for CNN after the end of his nightly show.
“I’ll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects,” he said.
The interviewer said he was proud of the fact that his show had recently entered 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,” he said, referring to his trademark attire.
Since starting his career in Florida as a local radio journalist and interviewer in the 1950s, King has conducted more than 40,000 interviewers with an array of personalities and celebrities which has included exclusives with every US president since Gerald Ford.