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Larry King Leaving His Show This Fall

larry-king062910.jpg Breaking: CNN’s 9 p.m. host Larry King has announced that he will be leaving his nightly talk show this Fall. King, who has been a staple on CNN for 25 years, will transition to a part-time role at the network, hosting occasional specials tied to breaking news and events.

King will discuss his decision during tonight’s edition of “Larry King Live.”

Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. 25 years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live.

Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them 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.

I’ll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects.

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. With this chapter closing I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.

Update: Memo from CNN U.S. President Jon Klein and a CNN network statement after the jump. Klein says King will “end his run with Larry King Live on his own terms, sometime this fall.” Video after the jump…

More – 9:07pmET: After King’s announcement his guest, Bill Maher said, “I hope you’re doing this of your own volition and not because of what the media said.” King: That had nothing to do with it, there was no pressure from CNN. I don’t pay any attention to that.” Maher: “As long as it’s coming from you and not dictated by The New York Times or anybody else.”

More – 9:44pmET: Maher: “Who do you want to sit there after you go?” King: “I can’t be objective because I don’t know his interest in politics, but Ryan Seacrest … He’s curious, he’s interesting, he’s likable.” Maher: “But I never… knew.. maybe he is interested in politics, but isn’t that, like, a key part of the job?” King: “That’s what I mean. If he has a great interest in politics, I would recommend him. But I’m sure there’s a ton of people who could do it. Come on, it’s Q&A.”

More – 9:50pmET: Anderson Cooper: “I just heard the news that you’re scaling back at CNN and hanging up the suspenders, as you said. And I’m stunned and sad.” King: “Well. We’ll be around a while. And, want to do other things.” Maher: “Anderson did you engineer this coup?” Cooper: “Listen, I’ve been in the Gulf for six weeks and I don’t know what’s going on beyond here.”

More – 9:52pmET: Nancy Reagan phoned in. “You didn’t call me and ask my permission.” King: Nancy you’re awfully sweet. We’ll get the whole gang together, the wife and everybody and we’ll do lunch.”

More – 9:53pmET: Regis Philbin then called in. “Larry I’m totally surprised by this, and, for some reason, I feel badly about it … there’s always been a Larry King.” King: “When are you gonna leave the daily grind?” Philbin: “Well, I feel like leaving the same time you do, at this point.”

More – 9:59pmET: ABC’s Diane Sawyer phoned in at the end of the show. “I just want to say what a monument of vitality you have built for all of us, and I cannot wait to see your specials because everybody in the world wants to talk to you, and to see you do them in a concentrated way when you choose to do them is going to be a thrill … we love and honor you.”

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Jake Tapper Tops ‘This Week’ Poll

Last Friday we asked, If George Takes the GMA Job, Who Should Host “This Week?” After nearly 1,700 votes, 28% of you thought ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper (aka @jaketapper) should get the gig, followed by PBS’ Gwen Ifill (10%), and former ABC Newsman Ted Koppel (9%).

And while some of you wrote in candidates including Glenn Beck, Bill Maher and Sean Hannity), several wrote in George Stephanopoulos. And TVNewser hears that may be the plan — a scenario where Stephanopoulos commutes to D.C. on weekends to host “This Week” and returns for Monday morning’s GMA, at least for the time being. We’ll know for sure, soon enough.

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Who’ll Be Watching Willie Geist’s New Show?: ‘Drug Dealers, Hookers, Drunks Coming Home from Bars’

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Geist_7.22.jpgDon’t look for a Starbucks mug on Willie Geist‘s new MSNBC show.

For one thing, the barista barons aren’t sponsoring “Way Too Early With Willie Geist,” which debuts Monday as the 5:30 a.m. lead-in to Starbucks-studded “Morning Joe.”

For another, the G-Man doesn’t drink java.

Geist’s caffeinated beverage of choice is Mountain Dew. He “power slams” a full can before hitting the “Morning Joe” set. “The stuff glows in the dark,” he says.

Do the Dew, Willie!

Geist will fly solo on the live “Too Early” for 30 minutes before rejoining Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle on “Joe.”

In the “Joe” family, Geist is the bratty son, caught in the crossfire of his arguing parents. “Uncle Mike” Barnicle “is usually hung over,” Geist cracks, “but he takes me outside and plays catch.”

With a newborn son and toddler daughter in a two-bedroom apartment, Geist doesn’t sleep, anyway, so losing more z’s is no big deal. But will viewers follow?

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Bill Maher Responds to Sean Hannity

maher_5-26.bmpYou may have been memorializing on Sunday (or just on the beach) so here’s your Reliable Sources update:

Howard Kurtz led a panel discussion on cable news’s prime time partisanship. “President Obama is routinely bashed on Fox News Channel and just as routinely defended on MSNBC, where the Republicans are often portrayed as the villains,” said Kurtz. And of his own network: “CNN, by and large, tries to play things down the middle, with liberal and conservative guests taking each other on.”

Baltimore Sun columnist David Zurawik, who described Keith Olbermann as “a cartoon version of Edward R. Murrow,” said, “That model works for MSNBC and Fox because they don’t have to cover news when they don’t want to.”

“This is not good for society,” addeds Lauren Ashburn of USA Today Live.

Later in the show Kurtz interviewed HBO host Bill Maher, who talked about his audience as the “limousine liberal crowd.” Maher then responded to comments made by FNC hosts Sean Hannity and Greg Gutfeld about him. (Maher had to be told who Gutfeld was, first.)

Click continued to see Sunday’s show (with the cable network conversation at 11:45 and Maher interview at 24:00)…

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Jesse Ventura Issues His Own Waterboarding Challenge to Sean Hannity

Ventura_5.22.jpgWrestler, turned governor, turned MSNBC host, turned author, turned book promoter Jesse Ventura is finding his TV appearances are becoming more scarce than CNN’s prime time viewers.

In an interview with The Huffington Post Ventura says Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher are “afraid” to have him on their shows.

Ventura did appear on Sean Hannity‘s show Monday night, but Ventura says Hannity cut short the interview before they could talk about waterboarding. “He’s scared to death of me,” says Ventura. “It was over in a few minutes and that was it.”

And now Ventura is proposing an Olbermann-like waterboarding wager. “I’ll bet [Hannity] a thousand bucks that I can get him to say ‘Barack Obama is the greatest president.’ If I get him to say it, he’ll give the thousand to charity and if I can’t, I’ll give the money to charity.”

Ventura is making the rounds promoting the paperback version of, “Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me.” He made appearances on “Fox & Friends” and “The View” this week as well.

> Update: Hannity responds: “Jesse was on radio and TV with me for a combined 30 full minutes last week – what a shame in his old age he couldn’t remember to say it on air then. The truth is, Jesse has become a dull guest who’s trying to recapture his former political glory and sell his recently released paperback.”

The Ticker (FNC Edition): Gutfeld, Friedman, Beck…

> The libertarian magazine Reason has posted a video of Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld‘s appearance during Reason Weekend. He talks about Bill Maher, The Huffington Post and his “surreal” FNC program.

> Fired FoxNews.com entertainment writer Roger Friedman has joined The Hollywood Reporter, effective immediately. Friedman left Fox News in early April after he “promoted piracy.”

> Expect some fireworks on “The View” tomorrow, as FNC’s Glenn Beck is a guest during the week of Hot Topics. CNN’s Larry King is on Thursday.

Engel on the Menu: “I Think You Can Still Have a Career as a Foreign Correspondent”

engel_5-5.jpgToday on our 100th mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we were joined by NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, ahead of his move back to the Middle East. Engel spent more than five years in Iraq, and recently reported from Afghanistan. He’ll be back to Afghanistan, as well as Pakistan, on his next trip.

“In Afghanistan, it’s the U.S. troop build up and the idea of an increased American focus to try to turn the tide of the war,” says Engel of the focus in that region, while in Pakistan “the story is can the government hold onto power, and is the government slowly losing control of its territory.”

Engel says despite some closures of bureaus by American networks, the future is bright for foreign correspondence. “I think you can still have a career as a foreign correspondent at the network level,” he said. “There’s lots of news, there’s lots of information to be had. What I’m noticing is there are more and more partnerships taking place. It’s probably a way to expand coverage and save some costs.”

Also discussed: the “show and tell” of appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher and The Colbert Report, the state of the newspaper industry and what’s in his “journalist toolkit” when reporting from dangerous regions.

(note: the podcast begins at the 30 second mark.)

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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“One of the Last of the News-icans” Appears on Colbert

engel_4-29.jpgNBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel appeared last night on The Colbert Report.

Engel, described by Stephen Colbert as “one of the last of the news-icans,” talked about why news organizations have dropped some foreign coverage recently.

“We’re expanding our news coverage in that area,” said Engel. “We’re trying to redirect some of our resources that way.”

Engel anchored the 11amET hour on MSNBC with Tamron Hall.

He’ll next appear on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Friday, and then is headed back overseas. After spending significant time recently in Afghanistan, he’ll be reporting from Pakistan beginning next week.

Click continued to see the Colbert interview…

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Maher and Olbermann Talk Beck, Cornell

Keith Olbermann appeared last night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher as the second guest and later as a member of the panel. The conversation began with Cornell University (both are alumni) and the origin of their political beliefs. Maher also asked Olbermann why he continues to use the “Mission Accomplished” counter at the end of his show (“shouldn’t we let that go?”). Besides the political topics, a portion of the discussion revolved around Fox News. There’s this from Olbermann: “I have talked to Sean Hannity, where he says, ‘Isn’t this crazy that everybody thinks you and I hate each other? It’s just TV.’” See the first part of the conversation below, and after the jump, the panel discusses Glenn Beck (or as Olbermann calls him, “Father Coughlin with a crew cut”):



Click continued to see what Olbermann has to say about Beck (conversation starts around 4:00)…

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Olbermann Gets Real Time (Alone) With Maher

Those looking for potential fireworks when MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is a guest Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher may be disappointed. TVNewser has learned Olbermann’s segment will be the second interview, and he will not appear on the panel which this week is made up of Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, actress Kerry Washington and NYTimes reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Meanwhile Olbermann will be a guest on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno tomorrow night (one night before the first ever late show appearance by a sitting President).

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