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Larry King
Larry King
Live is an American talk show that was hosted by Larry King on CNN
CNN
from 1985 to 2010. It was CNN's most watched and longest-running program, with over one million viewers nightly.[2] Mainly aired from CNN's Los Angeles
Los Angeles
studios, the show was sometimes broadcast from CNN's studios in New York or Washington, D.C., where King gained national prominence during his years as a radio interviewer for the Mutual Broadcasting System.[3] Every night, King interviewed one or more prominent individuals, usually celebrities, politicians and businesspeople. The one-hour show was broadcast three times a day in some areas, and was seen all over the world on CNN
CNN
International. On June 29, 2010, King announced that the program would be coming to an end.[4][5][6] The "final edition" of the program aired on December 16,[7] but a new episode on the war against cancer aired two days later on December 18.[8] Larry King
Larry King
Live was replaced by Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
Tonight, a talk show hosted by the British television personality and journalist Piers Morgan, that began airing January 17, 2011[9] and ran its last episode on March 28, 2014 after being cancelled.[10]

Contents

1 Format

1.1 Interview style 1.2 Call-ins 1.3 Frequent topics 1.4 Set design

2 Notable episodes 3 Guest hosts

3.1 Planned Al Gore
Al Gore
hosting

4 References 5 External links

Format[edit] Interview style[edit] Larry King
Larry King
mainly conducted interviews from the studio, but he also interviewed people on-site in the White House, their prison cells, their homes, and other unique locations. Critics have claimed that Larry King
Larry King
asks "soft" questions in comparison to other interviewers, which allows him to reach guests who would be averse to interviewing on "tough" talk shows. His reputation for asking easy, open-ended questions has made him attractive to important figures who want to state their position while avoiding being challenged on contentious topics.[11] When interviewed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, King said that the secret to a good interview is to get the guest to talk about him- or herself, and to put oneself in the background pool. A 1996 interview in the Washington Post[citation needed] had King note that he sometimes slips hard questions in between softballs. King prefers one-sentence questions. In interviews, King has also proclaimed that he prepares as little as possible for each program, does not read the books of the authors he interviews,[3] and admitted that the show was not journalism but "infotainment". He said that he tries to project an image of earnestness and sincerity in each interview, and the format of the show (King in suspenders instead of suit and tie, sitting directly next to the guest) reinforces that. In response to "'softball' questions" accusations, King says, "I've never understood that. All I've tried to do is ask the best questions I could think of, listen to the answers, and then follow up. I've never not followed up. I don't attack anybody – that's not my style – but I follow up. I've asked people who say this, 'What's a softball question?' They'll say, 'You say to some movie star, what's your next project?' To me, that's not a softball. To me, that's interesting – what are you doing next?"[citation needed] Call-ins[edit] King accepted call-in questions on some nights. Callers were identified only by city and state/province, and generally not by name. Occasionally, surprise guests telephoned the show and comment, like governors, royalty, and celebrities. At times, prank calls came in. Frequent topics[edit] During major election coverage, the program may center on political analysis and commentary, as the show's prime time airing generally coincides with the closing of polls in many states. Larry King
Larry King
would air generally near the end of each hour with various guests during election coverage while hosting a panel at the end of the night which is midnight eastern the usual time slot for the show's daily repeat outside of live election coverage. One of King's recurring topics is the paranormal. A frequent guest is John Edward of the popular television show Crossing Over with John Edward. Edward comes on the show and gives callers a free chance to supposedly communicate, via him, with their dead loved ones. King also had alleged psychics such as Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh on from time to time to do readings and discuss the future. King sometimes allows skeptics such as James Randi
James Randi
to debate the psychics. In an April 2005 episode, King hosted a panel discussion regarding Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and atheist views on the afterlife. King has also had topics about UFO's and Extraterrestrials where he pits believers against skeptics. King is also frequently accused of pandering to sensationalist news stories; for instance, the death of Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith
took up much of King's shows after the event, causing the cancellation of numerous guests and interviews that were already scheduled, most notably Christopher Hitchens, who had intended to discuss the Iraq situation. After the death of a prominent celebrity, King would either replay a recent program featuring said celebrity (for instance, after actor Don Knotts' death in 2006 King replayed the interview with Knotts and Andy Griffith taken several months before) or will bring on family members and close confidantes to the deceased to reminisce on the departed's life. Set design[edit] Each studio set features an identical colored-dot map of the world in the background and one of King's trademarks, a vintage RCA
RCA
microphone (as seen in the title card), on the desk. The microphone is a prop,[12] as King and his guests use lapel microphones. Notable episodes[edit]

King interviewing Vladimir Putin, September 8, 2000.

On June 3, 1985, Larry King
Larry King
Live debuted on CNN, with then- Governor
Governor
of New York Mario Cuomo
Mario Cuomo
as King's first guest.[6] The November 9, 1993 debate between Ross Perot
Ross Perot
and Al Gore
Al Gore
on the North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement
was watched in 11.174 million households – the largest audience ever for a program on an ad-supported cable network until the October 23, 2006 New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game on ESPN's Monday Night Football.[13] On September 8, 2000, Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
appears. On September 25, 2006, Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
made her first endorsement of Barack Obama
Barack Obama
for President of the United States
President of the United States
on Larry King
Larry King
Live. Two economists estimate that Winfrey's endorsement was worth over a million votes in the Democratic primary race[14] and that without it, Obama would have lost the nomination.[15] To mark the 20th anniversary of the show, ABC's Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters
was a guest host and interviewed King on his reflections of his career. To mark 50 years in broadcasting, Larry King
Larry King
Live had a week long celebration that included a two-hour CNN
CNN
presents special and an hour of celebrity toast. The broadcast of this special week-long event was postponed due to the tragedy at Virginia Tech. XM Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio
also featured a micro channel called "Larry!" that featured replays of the show along with interviews and the new material from the CNN anniversary shows. On July 19, 2007, a frail Tammy Faye Messner
Tammy Faye Messner
made her final appearance on Larry King
Larry King
Live to talk about her battle with lung and colon cancer. She died the following day. On September 7, 2009, the first episode in high definition was aired. On February 12, 2010, during a discussion on Bill Clinton's latest heart procedure, Larry King
Larry King
revealed he had undergone a similar operation 5 weeks earlier. King had a heart attack in 1987 and said he had surgery to place stents in his coronary artery. On December 16, 2010, the final episode of Larry King
Larry King
Live aired on CNN, with Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest
and Bill Maher
Bill Maher
acting as co-masters of ceremonies, and surprise appearances by President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and network news anchors Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric
Katie Couric
and Brian Williams, among others. King says his final show was not a "good-bye" but rather a "so long", as he plans to move on and pursue other things. The final show attracted an audience of 2.24 million people, more than triple the program's usual audience of 672,000.[16] On December 18, 2010, a late episode covering the war on cancer.

Guest hosts[edit] When King has been absent from the show, other interviewers have substituted for him.

Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera
was a guest host in the 1980s. Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest
has substituted for King many times. CNN
CNN
Headline News host Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace
has substituted for King many times including October 31, 2003, regarding the Scott Peterson case. On April 1, 1994[17] and 2002,[18] Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog
hosted the show as an April Fool's joke. On February 16, 1998, Dan Rather
Dan Rather
hosted a show regarding the then-ongoing Iraq crisis.[19] He also hosted on October 19, 2000, with Jay Leno
Jay Leno
as a guest.[20] On March 29, 1996, Newt Gingrich, then the Speaker of the House, hosted, with Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna
serving as the guest.[21] On October 16, 1998, Wolf Blitzer
Wolf Blitzer
hosted the show with the subject matter being the Matthew Shepard
Matthew Shepard
case. He also hosted the March 1 and March 19, 2008 episodes. In addition, he hosted again on March 22, 2010 and in August 2010. On May 22, 2000, Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford
hosted while Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer
and Joan Rivers were the guests.[22] On November 30, 2000, Roger Cossack interviewed John Ashcroft, who had just been defeated by Mel Carnahan. Carnahan, who died, was replaced by his wife, Jean[23] On January 22, 2001, Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer
hosted a show about campaign finance reform with John McCain
John McCain
as a guest.[24] On June 8, 2005, sportscaster Bob Costas
Bob Costas
was named as the regular substitute anchor for the show,[25] filling in roughly 20 times a year and not on a set schedule.[26] On August 18, 2005, Chris Pixley hosted the program instead of then-regular guest host Bob Costas, who did not feel comfortable with the subject matter, the Natalee Holloway case. On September 12, 2005, Dr. Phil hosted with the subject matter being the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.[27] He again sat as guest host on February 27, 2009, interviewing various people concerning the Suleman octuplets. Comedian Bill Maher
Bill Maher
has taken up the duties of guest host. On June 26, 2006,[28] CNN
CNN
reporter John Roberts hosted On March 2007, Mike Shiver sat in as guest host for a couple of shows. On April 2007, Star Jones
Star Jones
hosted On April 6, 2007, Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel
hosted On July 24, 2007, former attorney and TMZ.com
TMZ.com
managing editor Harvey Levin guest hosted the show, the topic of discussion being Lindsay Lohan's arrest of that morning. On March 11, 2008, John King hosted 2008,[29] July 26, 2008,[30] November 21, 2008, and January 28, 2009. On March 17, 2008, and April 24, 2009,[31] Dr. Drew hosted On July 21, 2008, Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck
hosted. On October 19, 2007,[32] November 14, 2008, April 13, 2009,[33] and May 1, 2009,[34] Joy Behar
Joy Behar
hosted the show. On the May 1, 2009 show, Larry King
Larry King
was the guest. On July 26, 2008, Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin
hosted for an episode featuring paparazzi. On March 12, 2009, Jeanine Pirro
Jeanine Pirro
hosted On March 11, 2009, Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta
hosted On March 9, 2009, Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi
hosted On March 27, 2009, Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
hosted. He hosted again on August 10, 2010. On February 19, 2010, Jeff Probst
Jeff Probst
hosted On June 5, 2010, future president Donald Trump
Donald Trump
hosted a 25th anniversary special during which he interviewed King. On August 2, 2010, Kyra Phillips
Kyra Phillips
hosted.

Planned Al Gore
Al Gore
hosting[edit] Al Gore
Al Gore
was supposed to host on May 6, 1999, with Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
as a guest and the topic was supposed to be the aftermath of the Columbine High School massacre. However, with Gore's candidacy for Presidency pending, CNN
CNN
decided not to let him host as a result of the controversy.[35] References[edit]

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Speaks, The World Listens". Sun Sentinel.  ^ " Larry King
Larry King
to end long-running US TV chat show". BBC News. June 30, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010.  ^ Fisher, Luchina; Braiker, Brian (June 30, 2010). "Larry King's Luminary Friends Chime in on His News". ABC News. Retrieved September 9, 2010.  ^ a b " CNN
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Larry King
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signs on as Larry King
Larry King
replacement". The Spy Report. Media Spy. September 9, 2010. Archived from the original on September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010.  ^ Sadie Gennis (March 14, 2014). "Piers Morgan's CNN
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exits CNN
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