Skip to comments.Tom Shales on TV: Is Larry King's CNN Reign Nearing Its End?
Posted on 04/19/2010 8:15:01 PM PDT by Steelfish
Tom Shales on TV: Is Larry King's CNN Reign Nearing Its End? Talking the talk: King's ratings have dropped 44 percent.
By Tom Shales April 20, 2010
"Respected U.S. newsman Larry King has filed for divorce from his country-singer wife, Shawn Southwick," the wire service story says dryly. It seems simple enough until you stop to wonder: Is "respected U.S. newsman Larry King" any relation to that guy who has a weeknight talk show on CNN?
That Larry King is known for eyeglasses with thick lenses and large frames; his alarmingly concave posture; his goofy suspenders and insistence on appearing without a suit coat; his gravely gravelly voice; the fact that he gets a haircut every day, or so Larry lore has it; and, of course, his second career as a kind of professional husband -- an apparently incurable romantic who's had one more wife than Henry VIII and is currently in the process of separating awkwardly from No. 7, Shawn Southwick.
King married the much-younger Southwick, according to published accounts, "in a hospital room in 1997 shortly before surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel." There's our Larry in a capsule -- spirit willing, flesh being patched up and sort of digitally remastered, like an old classic movie.
Larry is a romantic; like Elizabeth Taylor, he doesn't have affairs with the objects of his affection, he marries 'em. It's kind of sweet in its way, really, and a nod to traditional morality -- although one departure from morality in this latest marriage is that Southwick charged Larry with romancing her younger sister, Shannon.
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The only way it’s NOT near the end is if Larry has the lifespan of a redwood.
But at least the redwoods are more than a jurassic curiousity and draws visitiors
If it isn’t, it should be. Watching King’s show these days, is like watching a wake on TV.
Here ya go:
"Sheboygan ... you're on the air!"
Larry is a romantic; like Elizabeth Taylor, he doesn’t have affairs with the objects of his affection, he marries ‘em. It’s kind of sweet in its way, really, and a nod to traditional morality — although one departure from morality in this latest marriage is that Southwick charged Larry with romancing her younger sister, Shannon. A nod to traditional morality? What the hell does this mean? So if this old lech decides to molest a five year old, that is ok, because king’s traditional morality allows anything. This guy makes me sick.
The video is better; it shows him fondling the leg like he thinks its alive, all the while Heather has a smirk on her face.
Will his next marriage be to a mannequin?
It's amazing what an offer of few million dollars can do.
Suddenly, he is not a stooping, about to die old ruin anymore. That four or five million dollars pre-nup turns him into a handsome Prince Charming all of a sudden.
“Larry is a romantic; “
Yeah. So romantic he screwed his wife's sister by offering her a million dollars.
Hey, the girl can always go give herself a thorough scrubbing after the no doubt very brief encounter, but she'll be a million dollars richer. Chortle!
I do not understand why Larry King has not signed a prenuptial agreement in each of his marriages. When my ew fiancee refused to sign a prenuptial agreement I called off the marriage.
Did Larry ever give the leg back? I thought that he took it home as a trophy. Heather was last seen hopping out of the studio.
My daughter once worked at an LA bookstore when King showed up there to sign something, or something. He stole a lot of merchandise from there as well.
That’s funny! Looks like the old man Johnny Knoxville plays in Jackass from time to time!
He looks like a turkey vulture perched on a tree branch........................
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