Celebrities, presenters and politicians were among the many who remembered Larry King, the host of the CNN show “Larry King Live”, who died Saturday at the age of 87.
“Larry King was a broadcasting giant and a master of celebrity-statesman interviewing on television,” Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s international leader, tweeted.
“His name is synonymous with CNN and he played a vital role in the rise of the network,” she said. “EVERYBODY wanted to be on Larry King Live.”
Wolf Blitzer, host of “The Situation Room” on CNN, called Mr. King “an incredible interviewer and mentor to many of us.”
Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, said that “the world has lost a true broadcasting legend.”
From 1985 to 2010, Mr. King launched “Larry King Live”, CNN’s longest-running and highest rated program. He interviewed a disparate range of subjects, from President Richard M. Nixon and royalty to “experts” on UFOs and paranormal phenomena.
He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A statement from his company, Ora Media, did not specify the cause of death, but Mr King had recently been treated for Covid-19. In 2019, he was hospitalized with chest pain and he said he also suffered a stroke.
A Tweeter TV host Piers Morgan raised his eyebrows on Saturday. “Larry King was one of my heroes,” he wrote, “until we had a fight after I replaced him on CNN and he said my show was’ like watching your beautiful -mother going over a cliff in your new Bentley. ‘ ‘
But, Mr Morgan continued, “he was a brilliant broadcaster and a masterful television interviewer.”
Former President Bill Clinton said he enjoyed his “over 20 talks” with Mr. King, adding, “He gave the American people a direct line and worked hard to get the truth for them, with straightforward but fair questions.”
“I have always loved doing his TV shows and sometimes he would ask me to be the guest host while he was on vacation,” Mr. Gingrich tweeted, noting that an episode featuring animals from the Columbus Zoo was among her favorites.
Celine Dion said Mr. King “made us all feel like we were talking with a lifelong friend. There will never be anyone like him, and he will be sadly missed.
Basketball star Magic Johnson said he had known Mr. King since arriving in Los Angeles 42 years ago.
“Larry King Live” changed CNN in the 1980s, with its mix of entertainment and news, he said. “I loved being on the show,” he said. “Larry was one of the best interviewers on television.”
Greta Van Susteren, host of “Full Court Press”, tweeted that a New York Times news alert referring to Mr. King’s interviews with “presidents, psychics, movie stars and crooks” showed “he was so broad.”
“Unlike some who can only interview one type of guest (eg politicians),” she says, “Larry could interview EVERYBODY and he did and he interviewed EVERYONE. “