Larry King has announced plans to retire from his longtime gig hosting his own talk show on CNN. If Larry had his way, his replacement would be American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, but could a more seasoned interviewer and journalist, Katie Couric, step in to fill Larry’s suspenders?
King made the announcement on Tuesday that he will be leaving the program this coming fall. In a gesture that showed he has been moving along with the times, he broke the news himself over Twitter.
The host said that he felt no pressure from CNN to retire, despite a steep fall off in the network’s ratings, and that the decision was based on a desire to spend more time with his family.
“It was my decision I made it, but it was hard to talk to the staff, and I know down the road I’m gonna miss it,” King said. In total King has conducted more than 50,000 interviews during the quarter century he has been on air.
It remains unclear who will replace him. CBS anchor Katie Couric’s name has been frequently floated as a possible successor and British newspapers recently reported that Piers Morgan, a British journalist who judges NBC’s America’s Got Talent, was about to sign a deal with the network.
Couric reportedly told CNN last month that she wasn’t interested in the job and King said yesterday that CNN had not been in discussions with Morgan.
King has been pushing for Seacrest and again reiterated his wishes when he announced he was stepping down. “If he knows his politics, I couldn’t think of a better person than him,” King said.