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'Larry King Live’

An Overview


'Larry King Live’

Talk show host Larry King


Fast Facts

Title: Larry King Live

Host: Larry King

Format: One hour, one-on-one interviews in a more formal, news setting.

Broadcast information: CNN, cable news network, 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Tapes: Weekdays, usually from CNN’s Los Angeles studios, but occasionally from studios in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Premiere Date: June 3, 1985


Presented as a news talk program, along the lines of Meet the Press, host Larry King’s show is less news and more “infotainment,” as defined by King. The show runs seven days a week and is CNN’s most popular program. Its host has been in the broadcasting business for more than 50 years.

Reviewers have called King’s interview style “soft-ball,” though King has balked at this criticism, challenging critics to define the term. It is most likely in reference to King’s delivery style, which is soft-spoken and gentle. It is rare that a guest becomes rankled on Larry King.

Topics are timely, often following news events of the day. Often King will interview actors, authors and other entertainers in promotion of their work. King is also known to explore new age topics, with psychics and mediums appearing regularly.

Notable Moments and Guest Hosts:

Oprah Winfrey: During appearances on Larry King in September 2006 and May 2007, Winfrey endorsed Barack Obama for president. Her endorsement is thought to be worth a million votes.

Barbara Walters: In 2005, Walters sat in Larry’s spot, and interviewed King about his career in celebration of Larry King Live’s 20th anniversary.

Kermit the Frog: The famous muppet hosted the April 1, 1994, program as an April Fools joke.

Dr. Phil Dr. Phil took over the show for one episode in early 2009 to talk with and interview guests concerning the birth of eight babies to Nadya Suleman, known as the “Octomom.”

Jimmy Kimmel, Joy Behar, and Star Jones have also served as guest hosts on a somewhat regular basis.

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