Larry King, one of the most prominent talk show hosts, passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles after being hospitalized with COVID-19.
Larry King on the set of his CNN interview program, “Larry King Live,” which ran for 25 years and was the cable channel’s highest-rated show. Monica Almeida/The New York Times.
Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger; November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021) was an American television and radio host, whose awards included two Peabodys, an Emmy, and ten Cable ACE Awards. During his career, King hosted over 50,000 interviews. King was a WMBM radio interviewer in the Miami area in the 1950s and 1960s and gained prominence beginning in 1978 as host of The Larry King Show, an all-night nationwide call-in radio program heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN. From 2012 to 2020, he hosted Larry King Now which aired on Hulu, Ora TV, and RT America. He continued to host Politicking with Larry King, a political talk show which aired weekly on the same two channels from 2013 to 2020. King also made appearances in numerous television series and films, in which he usually played himself.