Posted by Shirley Brady on June 29, 2010 08:10 PM
After 25 years in the role, Larry King announced this evening that he will be leaving his show later this year.
In a statement posted on his CNN.com blog, King wrote that "I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids’ little league games."
King added, "I’m incredibly proud that we recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot."
The veteran talkshow host joins Campbell Brown and Christiane Amanpour in leaving CNN's on-air ranks this year. Unlike them, however, he will continue to appear on CNN in "periodic specials," as the network's U.S. president Jon Klein noted in a memo to employees.
King's resignation hardly comes as a surprise. Speculation has been rampant about who will replace him, from CBS News anchor Katie Couric to former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan.
CNN, to its credit, notes that "King's decision followed months of media speculation as his once-dominant ratings declined. The decision also came after weeks of personal turmoil, including a divorce filing and later reconciliation with his wife."