Larry King, who is renowned for hosting the long-time talk show Larry King Live, has died at the age of 87. The announcement was made on his Twitter account early this morning. The statement read,
“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.”
Expressing Their Sadness
After news of King’s death broke, fans and celebrities are expressing their sadness of the loss. Mariah Carey gives her condolences on Twitter.
Rest In Peace Larry King. What a wonderful life and an iconic career. I'm grateful to have known him. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and family ❤️ pic.twitter.com/uz3uavWehj
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 23, 2021
Legendary talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, expresses her gratitude.
It was always a treat to sit at your table. And hear your stories. Thank you Larry King. pic.twitter.com/O66uEXeJE4
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 23, 2021
Even former president Bill Clinton is showing his gratitude for the many interviews he has had with the extraordinary talk show host.
I enjoyed my 20+ interviews with Larry King over the years. He had a great sense of humor and a genuine interest in people. He gave a direct line to the American people and worked hard to get the truth for them, with questions that were direct but fair. Farewell, my friend. pic.twitter.com/Q28Xy4F91W
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) January 23, 2021
There are thousands of celebrities and fans expressing their heartache on social media. The loss of the great Larry King is truly making an impact.
Who Was Larry King?
Born on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, Larry King started his career on talk radio. In 1978, he hosts a radio show called The Larry King Show. King would host this show for several years before catching the attention of CNN founder Ted Turner. King’s life is changed in 1985 when he begins hosting Larry King Live. The popular television talk show would air for the next 25 years as King would interview a wide variety of stars as well as political figures. Ted Turner described hearing the news of King’s death as feeling “like a punch to the gut”. He said in a statement,
“Larry was one of my closest and dearest friends and, in my opinion, the world’s greatest broadcast journalist of all time. If anyone asked me what are my greatest career achievements in life, one is the creation of CNN, and the other is hiring Larry King.”
Larry King Live
King spent 25 years interviewing presidents, athletes, actors, national heroes, foreign dignitaries, and a multitude of other interesting characters. Larry King Live became the highest-rated on-air talk show as well as the first international TV call-in show.
Larry King had a nonconfrontational style when it came to interviewing. His laid-back demeanor as well as his popularity lead to Ross Perot choosing to announce his 1992 presidential bid on Larry King Live.
Larry King would announce in 2010 the end of his reign as host of Larry King Live. British media personality, Piers Morgan, would go on to be King’s successor.
More Than Larry King Live
Larry King’s career made him the most famous talk show host in history. However, Larry King’s career is more than just Larry King Live. After ending his 25 year reign as host of Larry King Live, King would go on to launch a web series in 2012 entitled Larry King Now.
More than just talk shows, King also did voiceover work in several animated movies. He voiced one of the ugly stepsisters in the movie Shrek 2 as well as “Doris” in Shrek the Third.
One of Larry King’s most famous interviews is with comedian Jerry Seinfeld. King would interview Seinfeld once again as “Bee Larry King” in the hit animated movie Bee Movie.
The career of Larry King has been astonishing. He is a pioneer and who today’s talk show hosts strive to become. Larry King will be sadly missed.