Larry King Signs Off CNN Amid Slew of Celebrity Friends [VIDEO]

December 17, 2010 7:38 am

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Broadcasting legend Larry King ended his record-setting run on CNN Thursday night with a parade of guests that ranged from politicians to journalists to celebrities. King often fought away tears as he wrapped up his 25 year run with Bill Maher and Ryan in studio with him in Los Angeles. Also joining him from elsewhere in the country were California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger, former President Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett, Barbara Walters, a special message from President Barack Obama and others.

“It’s not very often in my life that I’ve been without words,” King said. “When I started 25 years ago in a little studio in Washington, D.C., I never thought it would last this long or come to this. I’m going to do specials on CNN and do radio work … so you’re not going to see me go away, but you’re not going to see me on this set any more.”

CNN reports in his overall 53 years in broadcasting, King amassed 50,000 interviews, 6,120 shows in CNN’s archives, 10 Cable ACE Awards, an Emmy, a Peabody and an entry in the Guinness World Records for having the longest-running show with the same host in the same time slot.

“I don’t know what to say, except to you my audience, thank you,” King said at the end of the show. “And instead of goodbye, how about so long?”