Larry King: I would like to end Larry King Live


Larry King posted a short article on CNN blogs announcing he would like to end Larry King Live.

“Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. 25 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”, he wrote.

King also mentioned he will remain a part of CNN family and that he will host special events 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”, he also mentioned.

Recently, it emerged that CNN might choose British journalist Piers Morgan for a prime time show, possibly to replace Larry King, who’s show dropped 43% in audience in the first quarter compared to the same period of 2009. According to New York Post, Morgan is a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and of “Britain’s Got Talent” in UK and also a friend of Simon Cowell and of the former editor of Britain’s Daily Mirror.

From sources, NYP found out that he is now discussing a possible panel show at CNN, which has been battered by plunging ratings and is searching for a new identity.

CNN had a hard time lately, loosing Christiane Amanpour to ABC’s “This Week” and Gerri Willis to Fox Business Network.