Larry King to End his Nightly Show on CNN – Hangs up Suspenders – Cornwall Ontario – June 30, 2010

Cornwall ON – The end of an era and an institution in news.   CNN host Larry King is announcing he’s ending his long time run in November of this year.

“Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. Twenty five years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live. Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids’ little league games. I’ll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects.

I’m incredibly proud that we recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot. With this chapter closing I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.”

CNN also issued the following statement.

“Just as CNN redefined the news business, Larry King defined the art of the television interview. His candor, curiosity and compassion are legendary, and his ability to interview people from all walks of life—world leaders, celebrities and everyday people—has made him an icon. Having conducted nearly 50,000 interviews over 50-plus years in broadcasting, Larry deserves to take some time for himself and his family. After 25 years at CNN, he will conclude ‘Larry King Live’ on his own terms, sometime this fall. We are proud and grateful that Larry will continue the next chapter of his storied career at CNN and will host several specials over the coming years.

Today is about Larry. We will announce plans for the 9pm hour in the weeks ahead.”

And thus ends an era.   Isn’t it funny how when something is around a long time; even if it’s not your favorite, it still resonates when it leaves?   So many newscasters from my own youth have retired or passed on,Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Bill Haugland, Bird Berdan, Geeta Nankarni…..yet Frank Cavallaro keeps pumping the weather and getting it wrong on CBC.

What do you think Canada?  Who was your favorite newsy and why?

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