After a tremendously successful 25-year run, the final episode of Larry King Live aired on CNN last night. To celebrate his final show, numerous guests popped in to share stories and memories, tell King how he had an impact on their lives in some way, and bid him farewell. Guests included Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams, Regis Philbin, Ryan Seacrest, Bill Maher, and Anderson Cooper, among others. President Barack Obama delivered a taped message to Larry King and former President Bill Clinton made an appearance via remote from Little Rock, Ark., making it his 29th appearance on Larry King Live.
To end his final show, King was joined on his set by his wife Shawn and two sons, Chance and Cannon, where Chance performed hilarious and an oddly dead-on impersonation of his father, complete with his Brooklyn accent.
Larry King’s career from this point forward is a bit up in the air, although he has agreed to host four specials a year on CNN. He also said he would be doing radio work in the future. Ending his show he said, “You’re not going to see me go away, but you’re not going to see me on this set anymore. I don’t know what to say except to you, my audience, thank you, and instead of goodbye, how about so long?”
Beginning in January, British talk show host and America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan will be taking over Larry King’s slot at 9pm ET.