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Larry King Live

Larry King is doing his last CNN chat show tonight. He is to America what Michael Parkinson was to the United Kingdom. A self styled iconic interviewer but with a penchant for wearing braces.

King is 77-years old but isn’t actually retiring, no one actually ever seems to retire from American television in my experience but the Larry King Live Show ends tonight and Piers Morgan on the back of a growing Brit invasion takes over the 9pm slot in the new year.

King has interviewed everyone from Sinatra, to Reagan, Brando to Lady Ga Ga, JFK to Oprah and his non contentious style is widely acclaimed. Personally King’s simple questioning and unfortunate arse licking would often leave me wanting after an interview but one can’t deny his success. He is a big hit with the ladies too and has been married eight times!

Piers Morgan is a different kettle of fish though, and already the adverts are building up his far more combative style. Morgan is bloody annoying but can be good TV, although I hope he is more Gordon Ramsey than the soupy Cat Deeley or Vernon Kay.

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  1. He seems a far cry from the brash, belligerent tabloid editor of the 90’s but I’ve been generally impressed with his interrogation of celebrity interviews on TV. While trying to come across as the charmer he doesn’t seem to by shy of posing the difficult question although sometimes it’s quite easy to see it coming. As you say, I hope the American TV types don’t water him down too much. There are enough sycophantic interviewers on the box already!

    December 17, 2010

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