In his trademark shirtsleeves and suspenders, Larry King leans into the microphone on CNN’s top-rated show, looks his guests squarely in the eye and poses questions both probing and disarmingly simple. He once asked Richard Nixon, “What’s it like to drive by Watergate?” A captivating raconteur, wry political observer, and keen commentator on life and history, King finds the humor and human interest in a spectrum of subjects. Be it a panel to be moderated, a discussion to be channeled, or an unplugged evening with Larry King as you have never seen him before, he leaves audiences literally exhausted from laughter and on their feet begging for more.
Today, Larry makes history. Having bid farewell to his long-running, extremely popular show after marking its 25th anniversary in fall 2010, he is the man responsible for one of CNN’s highest-rated programs ever – Larry King Live. Live and unscripted, this show had its share of surprises. While interviewing Johnnie Cochran, King received a call from O.J. Simpson to talk the day after his acquittal; George Bush showed King his driver’s license to prove his Texas residency and the notoriously press-shy Marlon Brando planted a kiss on his host during their interview.
Not ready to give up the anchor’s seat just yet, King recently returned to the air – or, rather, the Internet – with the made-for-web Larry King Now on Hulu.com, where he continues to be the ultimate insider. Throughout his five decades in the industry, he has interviewed luminaries from Malcolm X to Bobby Kennedy, Ralph Nader to Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Dole to Steven Spielberg. When interviewed on 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace was disappointed to learn that while he himself undergoes elaborate security checks when he arrives at the White House’s back door, King waltzes through the front door to catch a movie with the President.