'Iconic' King Leaves Throne: Final Show Tonight

Critics bid farewell to softballs, suspenders

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 16, 2010 7:53 AM CST | Updated Dec 16, 2010 1:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Tonight is Larry King’s final show on CNN—Bill Maher and Ryan Seacrest will be in the studio with him, and word has it he’ll be receiving a taped sendoff from President Obama and chat with more than a dozen other mystery guests via satellite. Some 50,000 interviews later, what the critics are saying:

  • King’s career “eternally careened between pinnacles of wild success and pits of utter catastrophe,” writes Glenn Garvin in the Kansas City Star. But “it's hard to find anyone of any significance in the past half-century who hasn't sat across the table.”

  • “King was criticized throughout the years by other journalists and media-watchers for favoring softball questions, but if anything, his tendency to go easy on subjects kept the famous names coming,” note Amie Parnes and Karin Tanabe at Politico.
  • “If Larry King's not iconic we don't know who is,” writes Lisa de Moraes at the Washington Post. “We will miss Larry's giggle. We will miss Larry's stupid suspenders. We will miss the way he, at times, has no idea who he is interviewing.”

In this Jan 5, 1994 file photo, Larry King is shown during an interview at the CNN studio in Washington.   (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
In this Dec. 16, 1999 file photo, Texas Gov. George W. Bush jokes with CNN's Larry King after finishing the "Larry King Live" show from the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/John Russell)
In this April 19, 2007 file photo supplied by CNN, Larry King interviews former President Bill Clinton, right, on CNN's "Larry King Live," in New York.   (AP Photo/CNN, Jake A.Herrle)
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