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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/16/2010

We will miss you, Larry King

By Lisa de Moraes

(Updated with more video clips)

Larry King, CNN's iconic talk show host, is hanging up his suspenders on Thursday, after 25 years interviewing practically everyone important and a boatload of unimportant people too. We've been accused of slinging around that word "iconic" too much, but, gosh darn it, if Larry King's not iconic we don't know who is. Larry's so huge his primetime series became one of the stations of the cross at which famous people in a mess of trouble had to stop on their Road to Redemption. Who's going to take his place in re that? Piers Morgan? We don't think so!

(Photos: A look back at Larry King's career)

We will miss Larry's giggle. We will miss Larry's stupid suspenders. We will miss the way he, at times, has no idea who he is interviewing. There will never be another like Larry. Seriously -- Ryan Seacrest is always too well prepped.

Here, in vaguely chronological order, are some of King's best -- and some of his most cheesetastic -- interviews over the years. But if we have missed your favorite Larry King interview, send us a comment to let us know, and we will try to add it:

Howard Stern (1988)

Ross Perot and Al Gore debate (Nov. 9, 1993)

(Chat today at 2 p.m. with Talkers Magazine editor Michael Harrison about the end of the Larry King era and what it means for cable television.)

Marlon Brando (1994)

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (2007)

Paris Hilton (June 27, 2007)

Jerry Seinfeld (Nov. 1, 2007)

Carrie Prejean (Nov. 11, 2009)

Lady Gaga (2010)

Twitter users share Larry King memories:

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 16, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
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There will never be another like Larry. For God's sake, let's hope not. Sorriest interviewer on serious subjects I have ever seen. Ok on Hollywood fluff.

Posted by: wrw01011 | December 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Still kiting checks, Larry? Hmm?

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Larry King asked simple straightforward, clear, questions, and then let the interviewee answer without interjection or interruption. That was his genius. He listened to the answers, and knew that the audience wanted to hear what the guest had to say not the host.

Larry King will obviously miss his gig. Who wouldn't?

See you at Nate and Al's.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | December 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Still kiting checks, Larry? Hmm?

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Another member of the Envious Moron's Association speaks out.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | December 15, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Larry King is good alright... good & TERRIBLE. EXTREMELY OVERRATED.

Posted by: The_Funknician | December 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation helps the less fortunate financially, get heart surgery. Many people are alive today because of his charitable foundation.

Good man.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | December 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

He's been awful for as long as I can remember. Perhaps Larry had a heyday with his old late night radio show. He managed to get the powerful on his tv show because they knew he'd ask softball, often leading questions. Easily the most overrated interviewer this side of uber-interrupter Charlie Rose. Larry is just typical of the low standard of information that is typical of CNN.

Posted by: thebuckguy | December 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Bill O'Reilly could learn some valuable lessons from watching Larry King. The smartest people in politics have to speak as fast as they can to answer his questions before he, O'Reilly cuts in and contradicts them. Karl Rove is brilliant but O'Reilly won't let him finish a sentence.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | December 15, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What a bore! Only the People Who Cover Television could possibly care!

Posted by: gregbyrneva | December 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Back to the can to serve out his sentence.

Posted by: phvr38 | December 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Larry King Undead . . . . we'll miss the show??

Posted by: rep15 | December 15, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

An old, hideous man with a lot of money & fame can always find a young, attractive, sexy woman to have kids with. If she died tomorrow there will be other ladies lining up for a date.

He asked the hard-hitting questions everyone else was afraid to...

You go, Larry!

Posted by: TaxiDriver | December 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Did Larry King ever ask a serious, pointed question of a guest. Lost all respect for the guy during the OJ fiasco when he covered the issue day after day after day after day. Not a real journalist, just a celebrity endorser.

Posted by: wolfnotsheep | December 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Yeah, Larry King from Miami talk radio. The guy who talked about kiting checks probably is no moron. King was well known around Miami as a degenerate gambler back in the day. As Neil Rogers would say, "Hey Larry, loan me $50.00.

Posted by: steveyb1 | December 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

What's great about Larry King is shown in this example, one among many.

He was at his best on radio. and he tried time after time to get the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, onto his show. King was rebuffed again and again. Finally, he said: Just give me one chance. Let me ask you only one question, and if you don't like the question, OK, don't do the interview, but give me just one question. Finally, Oppenheimer agreed.

If you were interviewing the father of the atomic bomb, who did not like to be interviewed, what would be your first question? Think about it.

King's was something like: With the importance of science in the modern world, why is it that high school kids just don't like science?

Oppenheimer went with the whole interview.

Also, behind the scenes, King gives time to young journalists like no one else does. He is an understated gem that caring and intelligent people will miss.

Posted by: llrllr | December 15, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Who will miss Larry King? Has anyone actually watched his show in 25 years?

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | December 15, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Worst interviewer, most pandering dope on TV. King is a disgusting testament to how these jobs are divvied up in special deals to corporate tools and suck ups. Marv Albert is right there beside him killing any and all sports he's hired to be a jerk announcer for.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | December 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: zracz | December 15, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Glad he's gone... Sorry he stayed so long...

Posted by: demtse | December 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I watched all of 2 minutes of one of King's interviews to get his number. It was when Bill Clinton was just starting his run for the White House and Hillary was on King's show. Every time she attempted to answer one of his questions, he'd interrupt her with either a crack or another question. I don't think he allowed her to fully answer one single question.
What an obnoxious, self centered bore. He will not be missed.

Now if only Baba Walters would hang up her facelift.

Posted by: rcubedkc | December 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Who would even spend the time to write a column about King thinking it was worthful reading?

Posted by: PittAlum | December 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I will miss him. Norm Macdonald's best impersonation.

Everything I know about Sandy Koufax I owe to Larry King!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | December 15, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Great standup material. Laughing at larry falling asleep during his show, zoning out his guests, and having children when he's a zillion years old with 1 1/2 feet in the grave.

Posted by: NovaMike | December 15, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Larry King an icon? He is cartoon character. Tom Snyder was the best and if cable existed then,m Larry King would be doing resturant reviews in Miami.

Posted by: bal503 | December 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

"We will miss you, Larry King"???? You've got to be kidding. He should have hung up his suspenders years ago. He's a terrible interviewer because one must be a good LISTENER to be a good interviewer. He does not listen to his guests! He's not bright but he's adept at reading questions prepared by others for him. Tonight he read Barbra Streisand's heart disease fundraising website as: "crow drise" instead of "crowd rise". Even Barbra had to immediately stop him to correct him. Please!!! Can't he even look at his notes before he sits down for an interview?? Sad and pathetic...too bad CNN didn't have the courage to tell him that it was time to go before he became the embarrassment that he now is.

Posted by: hannahsmith91 | December 15, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Never be another Larry?

Tom Snyder, Dick Cavett, Pierre Berton. And, that's just the informed ones.

Larry wasn't even that. Your video samples show exactly where Larry 'was.' Paris Hilton, Howard Stern... And, WTF is Carrie Prejean when she's not at home?

Posted by: thetroubleboys | December 15, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Larry King is like the 60 year old Quarterback that should have retired 30 years ago. But when you're on CNN, the age of the quarterback doesn't really matter...

Posted by: jblast2000 | December 15, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Larry King is the poster child for benign mediocrity.

But he has served one useful purpose: If you ever see an ad for a movie touting his review, avoid the film at all costs. It's well known in the industry that Larry will give a good review to any movie, and he's called on whenever legit critics lambaste a film. He has not only admitted that fact--he's proud of it.


Posted by: jd5024 | December 16, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? For that matter, who cares about TeeVee? It's been a platform for morons forever. A small but ongoing pleasure for much of my life has been watching the broadcast industry's slow death.

"Who would even spend the time to write a column about King thinking it was worthful reading?"

Why, a no-talent WaPo hack, of course! Watching this pathetic "newspaper" fade to oblivion is another small pleasure....

Posted by: SGlover910 | December 16, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I could never watch that self-promoting bag of hot air. Especially after I found out his book (I did not read it) had complete lies about himself, I never cared to hear him.

Posted by: kls1 | December 16, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

If a good interviewer is one who doesn't do any preparation, usually knows almost nothing about his guest, doesn't listen, asks non-provocative questions and often repeats the same question, then Larry is one of the all time greats.

Famously, Larry: (1) didn't know that Seinfeld went off the air at the choice of the show itself (2) had Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on his show and referred to the latter as George (3) called Sandy Koufax a good friend of his growing up. Unfortunately, Sandy claims to have never met the guy.

Good luck w/ you next wife, Larry.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 16, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Larry King was famous for one reason: he would let celebrities and political figures come on his show and lob softball questions at them. He would never be a Barbara Walters or a Charlie Rose, two people who know how to ask insightful, meaningful questions.

If you wanted a People Magazine type full of fluff and zero substance interview then you were happy with Larry King. If you wanted a Tim Russert type interviewer, someone who would actually read the guests book or see their movie before lying and having them on their show about how good it was then like me, you would glad Mr. Softie is off the air beginning tomorrow.

Posted by: mjkoch* | December 16, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Over his entire career, I doubt that Larry King ever even came close to delivering the quality of interviews common on NPR shows like "Fresh Air" or "All Things Considered." Honestly, I can't remember ever watching one of his shows, regardless how important or interesting the interviewed might have been, to the end without being turned off by some idiotic questions I'd have been too embarrassed to ask.

I wish him all the best for the rest of his life, and may he enjoy retirement so much that he never even dreams of staging a comeback to show-biz.

Posted by: Lorberrys | December 16, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

CNN is on the ropes...they keep dumping folks to see what will work...losing King is a step forward...but bringin in this Brit looks like two steps back....

Posted by: mjandrews8 | December 16, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Larry King wasn't news, and so for 25 years he drove away those looking for news from the first cable news channel. He should have been somewhere else.

Posted by: TigerPaw1 | December 16, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to this nerfball. From the very beginning, content never mattered to King. People loved to come on his show because he never hit them with the tough questions about things that mattered. The only thing that ever mattered to King was "access to the stars." How do I know? I heard it all directly from his producer when we were all working in the same building about 20 years ago.

One perfect example of King's irrelevancy came on January 16, 1991 - the day the Gulf war broke out. His guest that night was Sally Field, an odd choice considering what was going on. He asked Sally "What was it like to kiss Burt Reynolds? (They starred together in Smokey and the Bandit) Field cut King down to the bone on-camera as being irrelevant. Well deserved for nerfboy.

Posted by: TVnewsvet | December 17, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Finally! Now if Barbara Walters would hang it up, since she has lost control of The View.

Posted by: countryfirst1 | December 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: StewartIII | December 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Larry king is the best.
After David Lettermen and Conan O' Brien I fall asleep. But, I hear of his exploits and conversationes'.

He is popular amongst the Jewish population and the arab community.

Porn complaints are hard to carry-out. Like life insurance policies with your name on it and the clause "unbeknownst",
most porn sites do not have privacy policies.

Beastality porn is famous in the Ukraine and here in America.

American Girl is bribed and blackmailed through Porn-authorizations. "If you do as I say you will recieve better porn reception" is the un-here-to-for- underwriting. It is a form of currency and payment and immunization against criminal charges doom.

Porn normally is enforced under title 18 of the USC code. Foreign currency allows partial control of porn sites. American laws forbid bribery of any kind without an attorney present and accountable in its locality. Bribery is the same as an out of court payment without attorney. The punishment for bribery is kin to assault charge, if convicted, facing 7 & 1/2 to 15 years in prison
but can be argued as a loitering charge
if the day brightens fast enough.

Pornography can be disguised as a sex trade operation. Tyranny permits are issued and the porn becomes more available, less expensive and free.
Tyrants file for Tyranny permits through NATO forms or just postal mail but E-mail is the easiest most efficient application for a sex trade licence as porn-it too falls under title 18 USC.

Posted by: kadija1 | December 17, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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