Tributes were paid to Larry King, the legend of American television and radio, who died on Saturday just weeks after being hospitalized with coronavirus. He was 87 years old.
CNN Chairman Jeff Zucker paid tribute to King, a dominant figure in American journalism after a six-decade career in which he interviewed the world’s most important and famous people. King put CNN on the map with his show Larry King Live, and Zucker said the news network is proud to have it in its history.
“The rambling young man from Brooklyn has had a historic career in radio and television. His curiosity for the world propelled his award-winning career in broadcasting, but it was his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him, ”Zucker said.
“We’re so proud of his 25 years with CNN, where his interviews with reporters really brought the network to the international stage. From our CNN family to Larry’s, we send our thoughts and prayers, as well as the promise to continue his curiosity for the world in our work.
Piers Morgan, who replaced King in 2010, tweeted:
Larry King was a hero of mine until we had a fight after I replaced him on CNN and he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law walk across a cliff in your new Bentley’. (He got married 8 times so an expert mother-in-law) But he was a brilliant broadcaster and a masterful TV interviewer. pic.twitter.com/1JsXeeZYEk
– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 23 January 2021
Craig Ferguson, another talk show host, described King as a mentor:
I just heard the terrible news from Larry King. He taught me so much. It was a real mensch. He probably even taught me that word.
So long buddy, thanks for all the laughs. Say hello to Rickles. #RIPLarryKing
– Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) 23 January 2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo paid tribute to the Brooklyn-born presenter:
Larry King was a boy from Brooklyn who became a reporter who interviewed reporters. He has conducted over 50,000 interviews that have informed Americans in a clear and straightforward manner.
New York sends its condolences to his family and many friends.
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) 23 January 2021
CNN presenter Jim Acosta said King will be missing:
– Jim Acosta (@Acosta) 23 January 2021
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