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Larry King: Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity Are 'Preachers'

Larry King
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On Sunday, Larry King appeared on CNN again courtesy of an interview with Howard Kurtz's Reliable Sources. During the chat about his 25-year career, King took aim at the pundit style of his former time slot rivals Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity.

While he had kind words for the respective MSNBC and Fox News hosts ("I'm not objecting what they do, they're more about what television is about today…they're both very good at what they do"), he opened up about his "problem" with their programs.

"They're preachers of their opinion. They're telling you what they know. They're not learning. There's no learning experience from either of those programs," King said.

Though he conceded that Maddow and Hannity's style "got better ratings," King maintains he is at peace with his insistence on staying mostly neutral.

"Obviously it did [make it more difficult to compete]. They got better ratings. However, I don't regret anything. I'm happy with what I did," he added.

King said that he was not "nudged" from the network because of his numbers. While they had offered him a shorter contract than in past years, King said in the end, he "thought it was time to go."

Earlier in the program, he explained his un-biased approach to broadcasting more thoroughly.

"I always felt like I was the audience, I was a conduit…I asked short sentences. My questions didn't take three sentences, it always had a question mark in the end," he said.

"I know what I don't like. I don't like any show where the host is more important than the guest."