End of an era: CNN's Larry King hangs up suspenders
December 17th, 2010
04:53 AM ET

End of an era: CNN's Larry King hangs up suspenders

 

It's hard to imagine, but Thursday, a legend hung up his suspenders for the last time.

On Thursday night, after a record-breaking 25 years on the air at CNN, Larry King signed off for the last time as host of "Larry King Live." Before doing so, he was joined by several surprise special guests and friends of the show, who helped bid a fond farewell to the man whose legendary career has transformed him into a media icon.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Larry via satellite from Sacramento to thank him for his contributions to the state of California. The Governator even flexed a little muscle by using his gubernatorial powers to declare December 17  "Larry King Day" in his state.

Larry has interviewed and rubbed elbows with countless famous and powerful celebrities and political figures over the years, but even he was shocked when Ryan Seacrest told him that the president of the United States had a message for him. President Obama thanked him for "a truly amazing career" and his excellent interviews "from Kermit the Frog to Joe from Tacoma."

Over the course of his remarkable career, Larry King interviewed virtually everyone who was anyone except himself. On the night of his final show, he finally crossed his own name off the list. Sort of.

'SNL' funnyman Fred Armisen joined Larry as Larry (identical clothing and all) to ask himself a few questions.

At the same time every night, Anderson Cooper normally joins Larry for a quick preview of what's coming on next on "AC 360." This time, though, Anderson instead used the time to personally thank Larry for the impact that he had on his own career and share a touching personal moment with his friend and mentor.

And at the end of the night, when the final guests had expressed their thanks, shared their memories, and said their goodbyes, all that remained was for Larry King to sign off for the final time. He did so with all of the poise and poignancy that his viewers have come to expect from him.

So long, Larry. Thanks for the memories.

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  1. Dave

    That's Larry's wife?.... Hot dang, well done Mr King.

    December 18, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dave

    "Boehner calling, he disagrees. He's calling Obama socialist for those remarks." *facepalm* just shut up, Maher. Keep your fail comedy and political rhetoric on your own show.

    December 18, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ray

    Oh no, who's going to bring that idiot Ahmadinejad for an interview next year?
    Larry:Mr. President, do you think there is a democracy in Iran?
    Ahmad: Iran is an example of democracy
    Larry: Then why you have people in Jail?
    Ahmad: Why you have people in jail.
    Larry: Why so many demonstrations in streets after you got elected for the second term?
    Ahmad: Those were not demonstrations. Those were celebrations

    December 18, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dave R

    Larry's given undeserved airtime to plenty of nasty people (e.g. fraudsters and animal rights extremists). That's not to say I hate him, but I don't love him either. Hopefully his replacement has a little more brains and a little more backbone, even if it comes at the cost of a little class.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Odner Vatelia

    You're the man, Mr. Lawrence Harvey King– I may have a problem with the fact that you've had 8 wives, but you had managed to keep it all under control when it came to being Larry King. So respect, man!

    December 18, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Rosie

    My favorite interview was Marlon Brando.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sutler

    Would you like some cheese with that whine?

    December 17, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. fmb

    jim, don't hate.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Maria

    Are your parents a cultural icon that are known by name to millions of Americans???

    I don't think so.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. John M. Cook

    Speaking of pathetic creepy little man... you take the cake Jim Brieske. You must be a terribly miserable person. Bummer... sucks to be you.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Robin

    Remember: if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything;(

    December 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. SNaG

    Hey, at least he's way better than Glenn Beck or O'Reilly.

    December 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. nor'easter

    Maria, that you think that fame equates value, is astonishing. And some people wonder what is wrong with America?

    December 18, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
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