Larry King confirms fall exit from CNN show
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By Elizabeth Guider
UPDATED, 7:38 p.m. PT: The king, as in Larry King, is stepping aside.
In an internal memo sent late Tuesday, CNN President Jonathan Klein informed staffers that the long-time talk show host would announce his decision to descend his primetime throne on his broadcast Tuesday at the top of his show.
"After 25 years," the memo said, "Larry has decided to take a step back from the nightly grind. He wants to take some time for himself and his family. So he will end his run with ‘Larry King Live’ on his own terms, sometime this fall."
As audiences have gravitated toward politically pointed, opinion-led shows and newsmakers themselves have discovered many more outlets for interviews, King’s hour-long talkathon slipped behind Fox’s Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in the ratings.
He’s conducted some 50,000 interviews during a 53-year broadcasting career.
King and Southwick, who were married in 1997, have two young sons, Chance and Cannon. King has been married eight times, previously. He married one of his wives, twice.
Wire services contributed to this report.