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. Never really cared for him

    Was better in his later years. Use to be the King of Interruptions. How he stayed on so long is amazing because a monkey could do his job.

    December 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stephen

    Thank God! This guy was horrible! Not only did he ask awkward questions, but he looks like he should have been in his grave 100 years ago.

    December 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Thank You Larry.

    December 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fulbert L

    I congratulate Larry for his years working for CNN. I also appreciate him for passing the torch to someone else.
    It is hard to imagine that America with its 250 millions + people, does not have a younger and more talented individual who can do a better job. Conservatism goes too far reaching in this country.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. laura from willis

    All the best to you, Larry. I wish you much happiness in your new endeavors. Thanks for many years of your great interviews. You will be missed.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 20yrveteran

    @Robin....... saying nothing

    December 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Danny Latkovic

    Larry you are the King; the best on television talk show; good luck in your future.!

    December 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul Donahue

    I met Larry as I was coming off an elevator at the Breakers Hotel in South Florida... When I realized who just got on it, I stopped the doors from closing and I said... "Hey Your Larry King!" He winked and nodded... I said, "Keep up the good work!" He just smiled and said, "Will do!" Thanks for all the professional journalism that you brought forth out of you and into the world as we know it... Your a GIANT!!! Peace to you! Larry!

    December 18, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Fillingim

      A wink from him in a random hotel does not mean you "met" him, it means you SAW him. Probably the highlight of your life.

      December 18, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Diane

    bye Larry, but its about time!

    December 18, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. tim husmann

    who gives two cents... an old and senile curmudgeon is gone... the world sighs. the page turns. hang up the suspenders sir and fornicate with your young wife.

    December 18, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Evan malkawi

    Thank you Larry king ,you are one of the best

    December 18, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Willy Brown

    Buh bye

    December 18, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. J. McGuire

    Thank goodness this gas bag is finally off the air!

    December 18, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. nor'easter

    Who are celebrities going to get "interviewed" by, when they only want to read off the script written by their publicist? Good riddance to this embarrassment to journalism. I hope they hire somebody who actually asks real questions, instead of merely pandering.

    December 18, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. nor'easter

    Anybody who thinks Larry King was a half-decent journalist, should contrast him by watching a clip or two of Stephen Sackur of the BBC's Hardtalk. Now THERE'S an interviewer.

    December 18, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
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