Larry King, who has interviewed presidents and Hollywood royalty on CNN for a quarter of a century, said he will end his nightly talk show to spend more time with his wife and children. "Larry King
Live," which has suffered from shrinking viewership, will sign off in the fourth quarter, the 76-year-old host said yesterday in a statement posted on CNN's website. The show airs weeknights at 9 p.m.
New York time. King, whose first guest was New York Governor Mario Cuomo, plans to appear in CNN specials on national and international affairs. His ratings are off 40 percent this year, the
Washington Post reported on June 23, reports Bloomberg.
In a brief CNN blog posting, King wrote, "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."