Larry King tributes latest – Celebrities pay respects as US talk show host dies

LARRY King, the legendary American television and radio host, has died at the age of 87.

He passed away this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after receiving treatment for coronavirus.

The tragic news was announced on Larry's official Twitter page today. King was hospitalised shortly before Christmas after testing positive for coronavirus.

A statement from his representatives said: "With profound sadness Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

"For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.

"Additionally while it was his name appearing in the shows' titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience."

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  • Chris Bradford

    'A GIANT AND A GENTLEMAN'

    New York Times bestselling author and Raymond Chandler award recipient Don Winslow has tweeted: “RIP Larry King, a giant and a gentleman.”

    In a separate tweet, he said: “I was honored to be interviewed by Larry King just a few months ago. RIP.”

    Crime writer-turned-film-maker Winslow sat down with King before the presidential election to discuss his Election Day fears.

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    LARRY'S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT DODGERS STADIUM

    Larry King with his two sons Cannon and Chance at his 80th birthday celebration at Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles.

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    LARRY KING LIVE

    “Larry King Live”, which ran from 1985-2010, broadcast six nights a week to more than 200 countries. CNN puts his total number of interviews at 30,000.

    At the height of its success the show attracted more than a million viewers every night, making King the star of cable television, on the back of which he negotiated an annual salary of more than $7 million.

    Structured in two parts, the show opened with King, typically in his signature rolled-up shirtsleeves and multi-colored ties, interviewing his guests in his relaxed style.

    The second part of the show had the guest answering questions phoned in by viewers from around the world.

    “I don't have an agenda. I don't assume the answer,” King told the Miami Herald in 2017 of his approach to the job.

    “I never learned anything when I was talking. Listening is as important,” he said.

    While critics found his easy-going interviewing style too soft, others saw it as the key to King's appeal, drawing so many star guests to his show and helping CNN establish itself with the scoops he won.

  • Chris Bradford

    WHO WAS LARRY KING?

    Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, to poor Russian Jewish immigrants in working-class Brooklyn, New York, King said 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 when the radio's manager told him it was “too ethnic”.

    For another Miami Beach radio station he recorded programs in a restaurant, doing live audience interviews.

    In 1978 he went to Washington where he anchored a national late-night radio call-in show, before being spotted by CNN, a channel founded in 1980, which hired him for its nighttime programs in 1985.

    “Larry King Live”, which ran from 1985-2010, broadcast six nights a week to more than 200 countries. CNN puts his total number of interviews at 30,000.

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    'ONE OF THE ONLY TALK SHOW HOSTS WHO LET YOU TALK'

    Former Cheers actress Kirstie Alley tweeted: “RIP Larry King.. one of the only talk show hosts who let you talk. Lengendary (sic).”

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    'MAKING SUSPENDERS FASHIONABLE'

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    LARRY KING REMEMBERED

    Larry King has been remembered as “a giant of broadcasting” and “a masterful TV interviewer”, whose name is “synonymous with CNN”.

    The veteran US talk show host, who presented his programme Larry King Live on the news network for 25 years, has died at the age of 87 after a number of health issues.

    His fellow broadcasters and former interviewees rushed to pay tribute to the star.

    Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international anchor, wrote on Twitter: “Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview.

    “His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network's ascent.

    “EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live. May he Rest in Peace.”

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    'NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU'

    Star Trek actor George Takei was among the people paying tribute to Larry King following his death aged 87.

    He tweeted: “Thanks for the countless interviews and insights, Larry King. You understood human triumph and frailty equally well, and that is no easy feat. There was no one else like you, and you shall be missed. Rest with the heavens now”.

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    TRIBUTES POURING IN FOR LARRY KING

    TV host S.E. Cupp said: “RIP Larry King, one of my favorite interviews and the best in the biz. So grateful I got to sit at your table.”

    Comedian D.L. Hughley added: “rip TO AN ICON larryking. REST EASY… YOUR WORK HERE IS DONE AND YOUR LEGACY WILL LIVE ON.”

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    'TAUGHT ME SO MUCH'

    Talk show host Craig Ferguson said: “Just heard the awful news about Larry King. He taught me so much.

    “He was a true mensch. He probably even taught me that word. So long pal, thanks for all the laughs. Say hi to Rickles (comedian Don Rickles who died in 2017). riplarryking.”

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    'I LOVED THE EASY BREEZY FORMAT'

    Paying his respects, chat show host Andy Cohen said: “RIP Larry King!!!! I loved the easy breezy format of his CNN show, and his amazing voice.”

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    'A NEWSMAN WHO INTERVIEWED THE NEWSMAKERS'

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: “Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who become a newsman who interviewed the newsmakers.

    “He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way. New York sends condolences to his family and many friends.”

  • Chris Bradford

    'HE TREATED EVERYONE THE SAME'

    Wendy Walker, former executive producer of Larry King Live, said: “He treated every guest the same. It didn't matter if it was a president or…somebody off the street.”

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    WWE PAYS TRIBUTE TO KING

    Following the passing of journalist Larry King, WWE said: “WWE is saddened to learn that Larry King passed away at the age of 87. WWE extends its condolences to King’s family and friends.

    “The talk show titan reimagined possibilities in the world of television with his iconic “The Larry King Show.”

    “WWE extends its condolences to King’s family and friends.”

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    PIERS TRIBUTE

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    PUTIN HAILS KING'S 'GREAT PROFESSIONALISM'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday offered his condolences on the death of US TV and radio broadcaster Larry King, the Kremlin's spokesman said.

    “King repeatedly interviewed Putin. The president has always appreciated his great professionalism and unquestioned journalistic authority,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by state RIA Novosti news agency.

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    'A BROADCASTING GIANT'

    In its early years, Larry King Live was based in Washington, which gave the show an air of gravitas. Likewise King. He was the plainspoken go-between through whom Beltway bigwigs could reach their public, and they did, earning the show prestige as a place where things happened, where news was made.

    King conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews. In 1995 he presided over a Middle East peace summit with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, King Hussein of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He welcomed everyone from the Dalai Lama to Elizabeth Taylor, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Barack Obama, Bill Gates to Lady Gaga.

    Especially after he relocated to Los Angeles, his shows were frequently in the thick of breaking celebrity news, including Paris Hilton talking about her stint in jail in 2007 and Michael Jacksons friends and family members talking about his death in 2009.

    King boasted of never over-preparing for an interview. His non-confrontational style relaxed his guests and made him readily relatable to his audience.

  • Chris Bradford

    SCREEN ICON DIES

    Larry King, the legendary television and radio host, has died at the age of 87.

    He passed away this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after receiving treatment for coronavirus.

    The tragic news of Larry's passing was announced on Larry's official Twitter page.

    His company, Ora Media announced his death writing: “For 63 years and across platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.

    “Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows' titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of the his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and the audience.”

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