Larry King, the broadcasting pioneer and longtime host of CNN's Larry
King Live, announced June 29 that he will end his 25-year run
behind the iconic microphone and "hang up his nightly suspenders."
a blog post at
King writes: "I talked to the guys
here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live,
nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more
time for my wife and I to get to the kids' little league games."
announcement caps weeks of speculation about the 76-year-old King, whose
contract is up in spring 2011, and
what CNN will do with the 9 p.m. hour. America's
Got Talent judge Piers Morganhas been the subject of reports
suggesting he's in the running to succeed King (similar speculation
previously has focused on Ryan Seacrest, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer).
CNN is in the midst of re-examining its primetime line-up
following the exit of 8 p.m. host Campbell Brown, who has trailed in the
ratings behind Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly and MSNBC's Keith
Olbermann. The network announced last week that former New York Governor
Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker will host a
roundtable show at 8 p.m. starting in the fall.