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It's the end of era for Larry King, who said Tuesday that it's time "to hang up my nightly suspenders." The talk show host will end his run on Larry King Live in the fall, after 25 years on the air, "giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids' little league games."
King told his audience that will be remain with CNN for occasional specials but is ready to taper down his work schedule and concentrate on his family. Earlier this year, King, 67, and his wife, Shawn Southwick, filed for divorce, but reconciled a week later. Then Southwick, 50, who has a history of painkiller addiction, was hospitalized in May, after a possible suicide attempt.
"With this chapter closing I'm looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring," he said.
"Larry King defined the art of the television interview," CNN says in a statement. "His candor, curiosity and compassion are legendary, and his ability to interview people from all walks of life – world leaders, celebrities and everyday people – has made him an icon."
A replacement for King's 9 p.m. slot will be made "in the weeks ahead," according to CNN. Could Joy Behar be taking his place? Or will it be America's Got Talent's Piers Morgan? Stay tuned...
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