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Larry King retires, media elite weeps openly



The Juice* is normally in bed by 9 p.m., so we totally cried when we woke up Wednesday morning and learned that Larry King had announced his retirement Tuesday night. That's just one less media figure Saturday Night Live can make fun of now.

"I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders," King said, noting he was leaving CNN in the fall after 25 years of Larry King Live. He even announced it via Twiiter from @kingsthings: "Announcing tonight: I’m ending my nightly show this fall but continuing at CNN." That really brought out the weepy sentiment for the 76-year-old interviewer.

"For me and all of us here at TRMS -- we wish @kingsthings all the best," Rachel Maddow said via her Twitter feed, @maddow

Keith Olbermann showed he was all heart by making it all about him on @KeithOlbermann: "Larry King is a lovely, generous man who tried, for eight years, to convince his bosses to hire me to be his 8 PM lead-in at CNN." He then added: "Oh CRAP. This means mine will be the longest running primetime cable news show not on Fox. CRAP CRAP CRAP." Classy.

King will stay on to take part in the occasional news special, since staying at home to work on a failing marriage and take care of his kids is bound to bore him.

[Photo: AP]

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 10:46am]


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