'Iconic' King Leaves Throne: Final Show Tonight
Critics bid farewell to softballs, suspenders
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2010 7:53 AM CST
Updated Dec 16, 2010 1:55 PM CST
In this Jan 5, 1994 file photo, Larry King is shown during an interview at the CNN studio in Washington.   (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

(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.”

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Dec 16, 2010 3:46 PM CST
Count in days where he interviewed at events and you get tons more. Count in days where he DID interview multiple people a day. Count in times where he interviewed people before he was a talk show host, I'm sure there definitely were more than one sports player or pop singer or events with tons of stars.
Dec 16, 2010 12:22 PM CST
50,000 divided by 250 days (5 days a week for 50 weeks with two weeks a year vacation) mean it would take: 200 years for 1 interview a day 100 years for 2 interview a day 66 years for 3 interviews a day 50 years for 4 interviews a day 40 years for 5 interviews a day 50,000 interviews....I think not. But it's nice that they are letting him 'retire' instead of firing him.
Dec 16, 2010 11:26 AM CST