Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87
Jan 23, 2021 1 min, 37 secs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday.

King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his production company, Ora Media, tweeted.

No cause of death was given, but a spokesperson said Jan.

4 that King had COVID-19, had received supplemental oxygen and had been moved out of intensive care.

In its early years, “Larry King Live” was based in Washington, which gave the show an air of gravitas.

“I don’t pretend to know it all,” he said in a 1995 Associated Press interview.

“Why are you here?” King asks.

After a gala week marking his 25th anniversary in June 2010, King abruptly announced he was retiring from his show, telling viewers, “It’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.” Named as his successor in the time slot: British journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan.

Once the leader in cable TV news, he ranked third in his time slot with less than half the nightly audience his peak year, 1998, when “Larry King Live” drew 1.64 million viewers.

Norm Macdonald delivered a parody version of the column when he played King on “Saturday Night Live,” with deadpan lines like, “The more I think about it, the more I appreciate the equator.”.

When a deejay abruptly quit, King was put on the air — and was handed his new surname by the station manager, who thought Zeiger “too Jewish.”.

Originating from Washington on the Mutual network, “The Larry King Show” was eventually heard on more than 300 stations and made King a national phenomenon.

A few years later, CNN founder Ted Turner offered King a slot on his young network.

“Larry King Live” debuted on June 1, 1985, and became CNN’s highest-rated program.

In 2020, King lost his two oldest children, Andy King and Chaia King, who died of unrelated health problems within weeks of each other

“Work,” King once said

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