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Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

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What a champ. Showed the nice and interesting side of the very worst and the best of ‘em and the ordinary ones too.

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What a great life story.

We still don’t know for sure but when I heard he had the virus I had a bad feeling.

RIP.

And he was known for getting guests who were notoriously elusive. Frank Sinatra, who rarely gave interviews and often lashed out at reporters, spoke to King in 1988 in what would be the singer’s last major TV appearance. Sinatra was an old friend of King’s and acted accordingly.

“Why are you here?” King asks. Sinatra responds, “Because you asked me to come and I hadn’t seen you in a long time to begin with, I thought we ought to get together and chat, just talk about a lot of things.”

King had never met Marlon Brando, who was even tougher to get and tougher to interview, when the acting giant asked to appear on King’s show in 1994. The two hit it off so famously they ended their 90-minute talk with a song and an on-the-mouth kiss, an image that was all over media in subsequent weeks.

That’s impressive.

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Sad news to lose such a great individual for the virus once again.

Many will say “he was close to 90’s, he would die soon anyway”, as I have been hearing regarding every elderly death Covid-related.

Whatever was days, week, months or years left, it is very sad to see someone departing earlier than what they were supposed to, due to a virus that could have been controlled from the beginning... should people and governments have taken the right procedures and truly cooperate.

RIP Mr. Larry King

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The end of a great sadly from the corona.

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A giant of a broadcaster. RIP.

Still preferred Uncle Gaybo.

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A master of the soft-pitch interview who never respected his guests enough to prepare, and was thus never prepared to challenge them. His show was a safe-space for self-promotion.

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You have "forgot" his work in RT but yes...we dont need to now "everything"...

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He was one of the best. Not a self-effaced egotist and not a disgusting rude 'shock jock' either. He will be missed.

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While I respect his contributions, he rarely went beyond a ‘softball’ line of questioning with his guests. There were exceptions, but in general the interviews he conducted were very so-so when compared to other interviewers.

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Larry King was pure class. RIP

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I remember his entertaining interview with Paris Hilton just after she was released from prison and had claimed she'd turned to religion. When asked by King what her favourite passage from the bible was, she was very evasive and said she liked them all. Fast forward to D.J. Trump and his 'relationship' with the bible and his ability to quote a favourite passage.

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Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

I'm stunned beyond words. I used to often watch Larry King Live on CNN. Rest in peace.

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I wonder why people thought he was a star in some way? All he did was ask questions, right? Most 8 year olds are good at asking questions, so maybe that's the secret of success for King and Stern? Asking questions isn't hard.

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He was a puff piece. He means as much in death as he meant in life and I'm sorry, but that is just an honest assessment..

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Peter NeilJan. 24  11:35 pm JST

I wonder why people thought he was a star in some way? All he did was ask questions, right? Most 8 year olds are good at asking questions, so maybe that's the secret of success for King and Stern? Asking questions isn't hard.

It shouldn't be, but some of these interviewers just have no class. A number of people have walked out on rude interviewers. I remember Roger Waters of Pink Floyd walking out on Howard Stern who is well reputed for his uncouth 'shock jock' mannerisms. And Nancy Grace of CNN just had to hold hands with Paul McCartney, and she annoyed him by gushing like a teeny girl. Larry King was none of those things, he had class.

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