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. Jon Barnwell

    Next to impossible to replace Larry King, he will be missed!

    December 17, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel K

      @Jim Brieske You are an angry man who feels they need to blame everyone else for your problems. Living with such anger is really not good for any person, I ask that you take a long vacation and try and get some of the hate out of you. Larry King is known throughout the world as an icon for news, and I strongly doubt that your parents are known throughout the world as icons for car companies.So that is why Obama sent his congratulations because this man is an Icon in American media. I was going to try and keep Politics out of this comment but i cant.... Why are so many of you Republicans/conservatives so filled with hate and anger???? Why?

      December 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      not by me or anyone i know.

      December 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You said it! I would also add, whoever was the current President when larry retired from this show and what ever party he or she was from, would have said a few words in respect of Larry King. To make comments about this President speaking is just so infantile and pathetic as to be laughable.

      December 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      james try getting help, you have a serious problem there.

      December 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyb52


      December 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Gabriel K. Quote" Why are so many of you Republicans/conservatives so filled with hate and anger? Why?" It has been said those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. The last 2 year's of Bush's administration liberal's were not throwing stones but hand grenades. You and people like you choose to forget that. It has been like that for a long time. Who do you think were the ones spitting on solders coming back from Vietnam Republicans/conservatives? That was the Jane Fonda and the liberal crowd and you know it. My point is their are haters on both sides so please don't act as if it is exclusive to one side of the spectrum it's hypocritical.

      December 18, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      I truly grew up with Larry King. He has been on the air a year longer then I've been alive. When 9/11 happened (I was 15 at the time and I'm Canadian) I was jolted into the real world and became a news junkie. Even before that I can remember my dad watching LKL, but what I truly remember and what I will remember for the rest of my life is LKL throughout the last decade and the impact he has had.

      December 18, 2010 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    correction: Why do we have to have a President who interjects himself in areas which he shouldn't?

    December 17, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Are you jealous?

      December 17, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • fmb

      jim, thanks for the correction but i think we all got it. also, mr. wrath, unless you're the ghost of walter cronkite or some other great journalist i really don't think you room to have talk? and if you were...i'm sure you wouldn't be spending your time on these posts.
      happy holidays:)

      December 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh365

      It's easier for the "President" to catch a little limelight and free TV versus rolling up his sleeves, keeping his ass planted in a chair or for that matter in this country and work on issues.Remember this is a "Hollywood President" who was going to change the world and fix everything. Where are these same supporters now. Like rats they have run off and hid someplace dark. The President is doing exactly what he did for the state of Illinois when he represented them. Nothing. After he was elected he hardly showed up to vote. Look at his voting records. He is ineffective and has been. It is not because he is black, white, purple, striped or plaid. It is because he is out for himself, more so than most politicians and is inept at what he is tasked and what he said he woudl do. granted one man cannot clean up in four years previous administrations messes but this yahoo hasn't even tried. He just takes teh spotlight, talks a good talk tells people what he thinks or what his advisers think people want to hear. His appearance on Larry King's show is just publc relations. Marchmellow President, marshmellow interviewer. Neither one has had to really work but have made a damned good career of doing nothing and collecting big dollars. God Bless America, we need all the help we can get.

      December 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • tj

      I think you are thinking of Bill Clinton 🙂

      December 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Troll. Go take your ugliness somewhere else. Let's get back to honoring Larry and let the trolls stew in their own little corner.

      December 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      jealous much?

      December 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • thegrandiva

      I dont care what CNN reports,some racist clown/Obama Hater will find a way to interject something negative. It is a privilede to have the president take time out of his busy schedule to appear on your farewell show and say some nice well wishes, Everybody dont get that, and after all like it or NOT he is the commander in chief!

      December 18, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Fillingim

      I'm with you Jim. It's okay to offer congratulations, but to appear on TV in a scripted moment to "thank" a popular figure is only a mere ruse designed to try and give himself some much needed popularity points. Every single thing President B.O. does is for self-promotion.

      December 18, 2010 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Darwin Javier

    When i watch this show about their issues from gay rights thru reality shows, even he interview celebrties and politicians.

    December 17, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Darwin Javier

    This show describes a provocative and intriguing.

    December 17, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Care to finish your statement? You left us dangling. A provactive and intriguing what?

      December 17, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Heh, my thought too. Though I'm guessing he meant "This show defines provocative and intriguing".

      December 18, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Don Webb

    Long live the King! We will miss you Larry.

    December 17, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tara

    There is a popular saying that says "give honour to whom honour is due". Kings has earned and therefore deserve all the acolades and cheers of his meritorious exit. I am surely gonna miss him.
    So long an inspirator, so long King!!!

    December 17, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Fillingim

      He was a good interviewer, but he never really broke any big stories, just interviewed people. However, in the last few years, he had lost it and had occasionally sold out for PR.

      December 18, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mina Twiss

    The last few minutes of the last show can't be beat when Chance was asked if he had anything to say and he looked at Dad and replied, "Now you will be able to watch me play baseball."

    December 17, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lydia

    Excellent and thoughtful piece to usher Larry King off the air. He was my 85 year old mother's hero, and she never missed a show from her living room in England, which is as good as saying that she (as a result of the time difference) revolved her life around his reporting and interviews. Nice blog – hail to the King!

    December 17, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    Dear Larry King,
    You were good at what you did as an interviewer when I watched you.But you had too many softball questions for people you should have played hardball with.I also thought you and Marlin Brando should have gotten a room together,but. Also,try to stay married to your current wife because even with a prenup the alimony must be killing you from your previous wives and take care of Chance,you are very lucky to have him at your age.Again congratulations on 25 years at CNN.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      I think it is inappropriate to write a critique on the man's life within the context of a retirement filled mainly with good wishes. Ease up Frank!

      December 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard in Texas

    Jim you are correct. The presidents time is to valuable. He should be spending it doing videos with his dog.

    December 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • thegrandiva

      RichardinTX what an ass

      December 18, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • CT

      No surprise there, he's from Texas. Have fun LK

      December 18, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @CT, grandiva: lol grow a sense of humour, jees.

      December 18, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fred Bartkowski

    He was a ponderous oaf. Only had to watch a couple minutes to relize this.
    This was however quite a good 25 year gravy train for the old goat. So way to go Larry you fooled em again.

    December 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wrath

    25 years of marsh mallow questions. nice mediocre career.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thanks

    I was too young to see the beginning of his carer, but he will be missed by all. And honestly, who cares about his private life? Just remember what he has done to CNN and what he has contributed to America.

    Thanks and so long, Larry.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Fillingim

      Larry hasn't contributed one ounce to America. If that were true, which it's not, then Barry deserved the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

      December 18, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pal

    The last part is very touchy 🙁

    December 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Craig

    By Larry,He looks like he is ready to Kick it

    December 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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