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Iconic talk show host Larry King is no more3 min read

January 24, 2021 2 min read

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Iconic talk show host Larry King is no more3 min read

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Rewind with Owliver

Legendary talk show host, who interviewed some of the most important people in the world, died on Saturday at the age of 87. Over a long and illustrious career of 60 years, King became one of the most recognisable figures in US television. He famously hosted a talk show called Larry King Live for 25 years.

While no official cause of death was announced, King had been battling Covid-19 for weeks, apart from other health issues.

Let’s learn a little about his life and career in this week’s Rewind with Owliver.

Started in radio

Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, King had said that he never wanted to be anything but a radio broadcaster. At the age of 23 he went to Florida to try and find a job. He became a disc-jockey for a Miami radio station in 1957, changing his name to ‘King’. He rose to fame in the 1970s with his radio programme The Larry King Show.

In 1985 he launched Larry King Live on CNN, and became one of the network’s biggest stars. The programme, broadcast around the world, was a huge success.

Interviewed every president

Larry King with former US President George Bush. Pic: AP

King carried out interviews with every sitting US president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama and a number of world leaders. His other high-profile guests included Dr Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela and Lady Gaga. Sometimes, King would move away from serious political interviews to bring a little fun and silliness to his famous talk show. He even interviewed Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog from Sesame Street once!

Tributes pour in

Tributes from the media, politicians and Hollywood stars poured in, led by Putin, who hailed the interviewer’s “great professionalism and unquestioned journalistic authority.”

Veteran CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour remembered King as “a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview.”

Source: CNN, BBC, NDTV