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Larry King’s CNN career draws to a close

by Shannon Harris on December 17, 2010

Larry King aired the final episode of his legendary talk show Thursday night, drawing 25 years of Larry King Live to a close with a panel of very important guests.

"Welcome to the last 'Larry King Live.' It's hard to say that," King said at the beginning of the show.

CNN's prime-time talk show host signed off in the company of Tony Bennett, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Maher, Ryan Seacrest, Regis Philbin, Donald Trump, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer, among others.

Both Maher and Seacrest were there in person, while others telecasted or phoned in during the show.

"From presidents and generals to Kermit the frog and Joe from Tacoma. You say that all you do is ask questions but for generations of Americans, the answers to those questions have surprised us, they have informed us, and they have opened our eyes to the world beyond our living rooms," said Obama in a taped message.

King promised his audience that while his show may be over, he will continue to do CNN specials four times a year and radio broadcasts.

"This is not Larry's funeral. Larry is hopefully going to be in our living rooms for years to come. This is the end of a show, not the end of a man," said Maher.

According to CNN, King has received multiple awards, conducted 50,000 interviews throughout his 53 years in broadcast journalism and holds a Guinness Record for the longest run of a show with the same host and time slot.

King had announced in June that he would be ending his program, the ratings of which had been struggling over the last few years. Piers Morgan Tonight will replace the time slot, the New York Daily News reports.

"I don't know what to say, except to you my audience, thank you. And instead of goodbye, how about so long?" King said before the set went dark.

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