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Larry King Revisits CNN ‘Slap in the Face’

Larry King has done a lot of media since scooting over to Ora TV. Still, FishbowlNY is a little surprised at the relatively minimal coverage generated by this week’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

The broadcaster and bagel meister covered a number of topics including – in a blunter way than we typically recall – the Piers Morgan transition. From the interview, as transcribed by the good folks at

“I always had four-year contracts. Well, three years ago, CNN came to me and said ‘Hey, we’re going into a new direction and we’re only gonna give you a one-year contract.’”

“It felt like a slap in the face, but I was 74-years-old, so I said I would take the deal. They also gave me a three-year severance package that just expired, so that was good.”

King also talked about recommending Ryan Seacrest as his logical successor. Said King to Stern: “That’s when Seacrest was really blowing up. If someone is going to replace you, it needs to be someone who people know. People didn’t know Pierce.”

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