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Larry King To Retire From His Live Chat Show; Still Speculation About His Replacement

Retirement is in these days. First Oprah, then Simon Cowell and now Larry King. The 76-year-old newsman recently announced that it’s time for him to exit CNN’s Larry King Live, releasing this statement to the media:

Twenty five years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live. Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the 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. I’ll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects.

I’m incredibly proud that we recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot. With this chapter closing I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.

King’s talking like he’s a 30-year-old man. I don’t know about you, but 76 seems like a reasonable age to retire to me. Of course, King pretty much defies age: He’s got a young wife, young kids and lots and lots of money. He’s an inspiration to us all.

Speculation of who his replacement will be has rampant since the announcement. Huff Po has named everyone from Piers Morgan of America’s Got Talent to Ryan Seacrest of American Idol. At this point, I wouldn’t even be surprised if Betty White threw her name in. She’s everywhere else.

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