June 30, 2010

LKL – Celeb friends call Larry

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Steve Von Gunten   June 30th, 2010 10:42 am ET

Larry King has served as an interviewer on CNN for over 25 years and has done his job in manner that will bring him many well deserved praises. His ability to help people talk and become open in their discussions has been at a level that will be hard to surpass. Thanks Larry for the memories and the interesting interviews that you have conducted for the past 25 years.

Lisa Alper   June 30th, 2010 10:47 am ET

Larry, sorry you are retiring. Re: BP, thanks for hosting the benefit for the Gulf, and I have a question. Why is BP still in business and shouldn't the Mr. Hayword BE IN JAIL? Why would anybody buy anything at all from them? I am shocked their stocks went up 9%, what 'Unconscious People are investing in them? Obviously, no heart connection or love for the planet! Thanks Larry for allowing me to make my viewpoint shown.

Ted   June 30th, 2010 10:59 am ET

Larry, your announcement of retirement from LKL made me sad and happy at the same time.
Sad, because for many, many years I enjoyed your interviews and will miss it.
Happy, because you had the sense to leave at the time when you are still delivering a good show. Many cannot let loose and hang on until they become a laughing stock and must be removed by force.
Good luck to you for the many years ahead.

Pat Cooke   June 30th, 2010 11:19 am ET

I would like to suggest Geraldo Riviera as a replacement.

debra braiman   June 30th, 2010 11:32 am ET

Here's a question for Mr.Maher:

People are creatures of habit. In this country, people are also afraid of change..
We're asking the American people to change their entire way of life by switching to alternative energy. They see it, in my opinion, as an infringement on their right to chose how they live. Oil has been in
use forever. We would have to dismantle oil furnaces, a cost. Then, pay to install alternatives. In NYS, the Governer revoked the rebate. There's no incentive for a household struggling to pay bills to outlay money that they won't see a return on for 10 years.

That's the bottom line....fix that, people will jump at the chance to switch. In my opinion.

Donna Grimstee, Tequesta FL   June 30th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

I used to relocate every 2 years due to my career and never knew anyone right away. Sometimes I would feel so lonely until I tuned in to "LARRY KING LIVE" every night at 9. No matter what changed in my life, or our world, we could always count on Larry to be there. Thank you for your style, grace, class, humor, intelligence............and mostly your heart!!!!!!!!!!! You are the best and I wish you nothing but good health and happiness for the rest of your life!!! ENJOY your TIME! Respectfully, Donna Grimstee

vijayjoshi   June 30th, 2010 12:59 pm ET

well decision of larry is quite surprising and shocking. we hope he will reconsider his decision just because he can carry on easily.

Judy Eisner   June 30th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

Dear Larry King,

Will miss you very much. You made me and many others very sad when you announced you would be leaving Larry King Live. There is absolutely no one who can take your place. You're one of a kind!

Kim Wilson   June 30th, 2010 1:26 pm ET

Ryan seacrest is a great choice. King will be missed. I have watched every show.

allison   June 30th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

I will miss Larry King big time!!! But, I think your replacement was right in front of you last night – Bill Maher would be an excellent choice!

Randy Johnson   June 30th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

Larry – it is almost impossible to imagine turning on the TV and not seeing you every night. You have always had a remarkable talent of getting right to the heart of what people like to hear – and / or the message your guests want to send. Hey I just had a great idea – why don't you just take a year or two off!? You know – till you get sick of retirement and then come back! Whatever the case – you are a damn good man Larry King.

MaryRM   June 30th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

Larry, Maher said it right – you are the Mickey Mantle of broadcasting. You have always maintained high professional ethics, something sadly missing in the vast majority of broadcasters. Your intelligent, easy and respectful interview style is going to be greatly missed.

I wish you all happiness and success in the future.

And I cry selfish tears because there are very few ethical broadcasters anymore. Everyone else either has an agenda or is more concerned with making themselves look good rather than enlightening the public about people in the news.

lynnrose   June 30th, 2010 2:42 pm ET

Dear Larry,

You have been an enjoyable part of my life for many years now, and I'm saddened by your plan to leave your wonderful show.

You have been a terrific interviewer – there's none better.

One thing in particular you have is the ability to express compassion, sadness and joy. I don't see that on Ryan Seacrest's face, so I'm hoping he isn't chosen. But then it's difficult to think of anyone who could really replace you.

Thank you for all the wonderful interviews.

Lynn Rosenberg

John E. Chadwick   June 30th, 2010 3:11 pm ET

CNN will not be the same without you King Larry.
Then again, CNN has not been the same since the
Bush blood money rolled in and 360 took a left and parked it.

Live long King Larry.

Bill Maher over Ryan Secrest any day of the week. Bill Maher would do good filling in your slot. His format would work in your format, and he is about the only person I can think of with your political savvy and breadth as well as depth.

Look forward to your specials, and I mean it sincerely when I say you will be dearly missed. Listening to you on the radio growing up prior to 25 years on cable news, quite simply life will not be the same without you.

Gerald T. Smith   June 30th, 2010 3:12 pm ET

Larry, I have watched, and listened to you for years. There is going to be a definite void now that you are leaving. I know, you say there will be other times to watch, or listen to you but you have been a 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm must see for me for years. I switched from Cable vision here in Hobbs, NM to Dish, so if I was on the road I could DVR you..and watch you at any time.

No ONE can replace you or your since of humor. That ole "Yeah, What you Want" will not be there as usual. But, to each his own, I do hope you stay in touch with all of Us, and I do wish you and your Wife and other family members the best of luck, it has been a fun ride with you my friend.

God Bless and keep you,
Gerald & Norma Smith
Hobbs, NM

marja-lena   June 30th, 2010 3:12 pm ET

BILL MAHER ALL THE replace larry...sorry to see u go whereever I am in Europe or at home I know that 6: 00 is larry king time..have enjoyed soooooomuch over the years..but as u said we will be seeing u around...Seacrest has no "sense of humor" or the personality to do the show..should stick w/other things..we need somebody that's intelligent and witty to take over from Larry...LIKE BILL MAHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cookla   June 30th, 2010 4:01 pm ET

We will miss you here in Europe when l had the time alway's watched your programme Thank you Mr King you have a place in my heart alway's xxxxx Bless you.

steve   June 30th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

Anyone see him interviewing Jermaine (sp?) Jackson at neverland? awkward. He was a good interviewer for a long time. Probably a good time now though to step down.

Joan Sims   June 30th, 2010 4:52 pm ET

Oh Larry I will miss you every evening at 9:00. My life won't be the same without you to watch. Who can ever replace you? Thank you so much for the past 25 yrs. of great interviewing.

Ellie R   June 30th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

I am going to miss you Larry. I think you are one of the most interesting people on television(loved your book) and an amazing broadcaster. I have watched your program for nearly as long as I can remember. Thank you for all the amazing interviews over the last 25 years. You will truly be missed.

earlline   June 30th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

I have watch him for more than 20 yrs, and thoroughly enjoyed ever show. I have wonderful memories of Larry and his guest. He is fair and truthful and kind. My best to you in what you decide to do, and will continue to watch your career. Long life and good health to you and your family.

earlline   June 30th, 2010 6:39 pm ET

I have watched him for more than 20 yrs, and thoroughly enjoyed ever show. I have wonderful memories of Larry and his guest. He is fair and truthful and kind. My best to you in what you decide to do, and will continue to watch your career. Long life and good health to you and your family.

Antonio   June 30th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

Larry you stay always stand up for everybody in U.S. A. ,who needs of help. You are not never,never focused just for your success. I'm very proud of you, and I'm very terribly indebted to you. As all the others who suspended their show and they have come back. You too Larry you have the rigth, and stay with us.

terri   June 30th, 2010 7:40 pm ET

I being Canadian would love to see Regis Philbin take over from Larry.

kripa B   July 1st, 2010 3:12 am ET

Larry...Have been watching your show and will surely miss it. Loved you interviewing the Iranian President and many more interviews. All the best.

KB   July 1st, 2010 5:14 am ET

How about Matt Lauer to take over for Larry ?
NOT Bill Maher , Michael Moore, Anderson Cooper or katie Couric

Hashmi   July 1st, 2010 6:08 am ET

Good bye Larry, you will be thoroughly missed, take care and have a great retirement!!!!

Kathy   July 1st, 2010 7:31 am ET

My Dearest Larry, You will be sooo missed! You & Your show has truly been over the yrs the ONLY place to find the "REAL NEWS". But, most of all "THE TRUE STORY"! You have a caring/kind/loving heart, You care about your guest/people/us & it shows! Your show & You have made us all share our emotions together over the yrs, the tears/laughter/saddnes/happiness. This is so very "RARE" to find a show & someone who truly cares & wants to bring the "True Story" out to the world! You always "asked" the questions that "WE" wanted to know the answers! There will be No-One who can ever take YOUR PLACE! You are very special/one of a kind. I can ONLY wish you the very best in life/happiness/peace, a life filled with love! I pray that you will continue to come back now and then to give us updates on your doing to. "God Bless YOU, Larry!" "You shall forever remain in our hearts and our prayers!

Quincey G   July 1st, 2010 9:46 am ET

What about Charlie Gibson as a replacement for L.K. Charlie is a gracious, articulate, non threatenening and a very likable man. He is a really good journalist who has many years of experience. He also seems to be less biased than some of the other suggestions (with the exception of Ryan Seacrest). I like Bill Maher, but he may be too left wing/edgy for this type of show. Anderson Cooper is well qualified, but his stength is that he travels to cover news stories and he would'n't be able to do that if he took over hosting this show,

Brian Koza   July 1st, 2010 10:00 am ET

Was a fan for many years, but times change and formats change, but larry didn't keep up. Got tired. Sophomoric siftball Q&A. Consequently, competitors on other networks stole the ratings and audience. Another headache for CNN. Time to retire Larry. hand over the stage to new blood. Besides, your young kids (and your wife's sister) need your attention. That tabloid mess didn't help matters at all. Shame.

BlondieKnox   July 1st, 2010 11:19 am ET

Larry, I am so happy for you! Thank you for all the years of excellenct entertainment in various forms that you provided us. I wish you the very best. Get out there and live life to the fullest with no worries. God Speed, Larry.

amma boateng   July 1st, 2010 12:40 pm ET

as a young lady living in Ghana, Larry King has really been an inspiration...To conduct interviews with that kind of passion which only come when u love what you do is awesome...You have been able to sustain such wonderful interviews over many years and i say "ayekoo" meaning congratulations for an excellent job!!!!!

Sharon Dean   July 1st, 2010 6:39 pm ET

Larry, I have enjoyed you over the years, especially impressed with how you maintain your even line in the face of every extraordinary interview. I will miss seeing you and your "bigger than life" personality on your show. I perceived you as always being fair and allowing your guests the comfort of presnting themselves despite whether you agreed or not.

Let me say that as a replacement, Joy Behar is extrememly opinionated and cannot contain her mouth or body language during an interview of individuals that she simply does not agree with. As well, she is far more interested in "getting the laugh" and that's not what you are about. She's perfect where she is with CNN. I enjoy watching her.

May I recommend to you HOWIE MANDELL who is talented, intelligent, with a CLEAN, pleasant sense of humur and has a special quality to relate to individuals of all walks of life without insulting or intimidating that individual.

You, Larry, have always made your guests feel comfortable and I believe strongly that Howie has that same quality along with being very intertaining.

Thank you,
Sharon Dean (a very intelligent 66 yr-old)

Norma Whitney   July 1st, 2010 8:36 pm ET

Going to miss you Larry, I would like to see Joe Scarborough throw his hat in the ring. Just a thought. All the best to you and your family.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   July 1st, 2010 11:17 pm ET

Wishing you the best Larry! A new beginning.

katherine baril   July 2nd, 2010 4:57 am ET

I would encourage CNN to hire Rachel Maddow to replace larry king!!!

– it honors Mr. King to be replaced by an intelligent woman and would let CNN return to its historic ratings!!!! let's have intelligent talk on CNN again!!!! I'm tired of the diatribes and want to have good journalism/ educated conversations back and learn something again

rather than feel like i'm watching ideologues like Anderson on the gulf- I'm starting to turn CNN off just to have some peace and quiet and I'm one of your biggest fans!!!

Tina Okrasinski-Smith   July 2nd, 2010 7:27 am ET

Hi Mr. King...25 Years Of great interviews of the most top people,places and things something of a work in progress. So happy you are continuing top stories you know how to get what us viewers want. Good healthy happy times ahead of you and your family! God Bless!!!!

walid jamaleddine   December 6th, 2010 8:29 pm ET

I realy stund when Iheard mr king living cnn. I don't know what other show I'm can watch .I'm can miss your show larry I hope you can have more show in the future .God bless you andyour family.

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