Long time radio and TV talk show host Larry King announced his retirement today from his CNN talk show, "Larry King Live."
Mr. King, who has been almost as much a part of the news in 2010 as he's been a man covering the news, celebrated 25 years of his hourly talk show earlier this summer. It was June 3, 1985 when King first took the air on CNN on the way to becoming a daily part of TV airwaves.
Showing he's up with the times, King announced his retirement on Twitter, saying, "It's time to hang up my nightly suspenders."
Over the years, King has interviewed just about anyone who was topical, from entertainers to politicians. Presidents, athletes, actors, singers, and newsmakers of all kinds have appeared at some point on "Larry King Live." Iconic names like Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, King Hussein, Johny Cash, Michael Eisner, Al Gore, Walter Cronkite, Jeff Gordon, Paul McCartney, John Walsh, Laura Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Bob Woodward, and Patrick Swayze have all been on the other end of King's microphone.
King stated that he will be doing the occasional special for CNN, but that after a week of interviews that included President Barack Obama and Bill Gates, he decided now was the time to stop the daily grind.
The final air date for "Larry King Live" has yet to be announced, but is expected to be before the official fall season kicks off.