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Larry King Is Not On Board With Dying at 75

King 2Responding to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel‘s article expressing his hope he dies at 75, Larry King explained earlier this week why the doctor is wrong.

“I’m ticked,” King said on “Conan.” King, who is 80, doesn’t get the die-at-75 argument. “Why 75? 75 was my favorite year. I don’t mean 75-years-old; I mean the year 75.” King also pointed out the advantages of living past 75. “I watched the Big Bang before it was a television show.” Finally, King showed off he’s not past his prime with a thunder chop through cement.

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Larry King Probably Won’t Be Moderating Any Presidential Debates in 2016

Larry King has interviewed several living and departed U.S. presidents, but it seems the former CNN host is having his doubts about today’s motivation for leadership.

Earlier this year, King predicted Hillary Clinton will be elected president in 2016 “barring the unforeseen.”

Behind the TV Scenes: ‘OutFront’ EP Susie Xu

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

Susie XuIn 13 years at CNN, Susie Xu has risen from intern, to field reporter, to producer for “Larry King Live,” to her current role as executive producer of “Erin Burnett OutFront.” Xu was born in Tianjin, China, the second child in her family, born during China’s one-child policy. “From the beginning of my life, I was really not supposed to be born,” Xu tells us. “The government came down on my parents and said, ‘you’re not supposed to have a second child.’ But my parents defied them, and I think that’s shaped a lot of who I am.” Xu and her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was four. She grew up in Grove City, PA and graduated from Penn State.

TVNewser: You’ve risen up the ranks to an EP position pretty quickly. What helped you climb the ladder?

Xu: A lot of it was taking every opportunity that CNN gave me and just running with it. I don’t say this as someone who drinks the Kool-Aid of the company, but CNN has provided so many opportunities in terms of different skills that I can gain, different jobs that I can do. I started out doing show producing, running prompter, running scripts to Wolf Blitzer. Suddenly, there was an opportunity in New York and be part of the live production. I jumped on that opportunity. Within, not even two years, an opportunity opened up in the Beijing bureau to field and package produce. I had never been on the newsgathering side of things, but because I’m fluent in Chinese, and because I have that interest and that drive, my boss at the time at CNNI gave me a chance. From there, producing for Larry King just fell into my lap, and they called me when I was just coming home from Beijing, and said, “we need you to go film a special about transvestites in Miami… I knew nothing about that, but I just thought, ‘well, that’s really interesting, I’ll jump on a plane and go do it.’ A lot of it is just throwing caution to the wind and jumping in head first and figuring out as you go.

TVNewser: What was it like for you producing in the Beijing bureau?

Xu: I found it to be more difficult to acclimate than I thought, because I do know the language and have family there. I’ve been to China many times to visit family, so I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. But operating as journalist in a country that’s so restrictive will always take some getting used to. You know you’re going into a communist country; you know they’re going to censor you, but at the same time it’s always shocking what you’re being censored for. We did a story on a really crippling drought in Western China, and that to me was a weather story, and how it affected the country economically. But the local government really saw that as a threat, and got really paranoid, and followed us around to every single shoot. Every single location, there was a

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Larry King Gets Back at Conan O’Brien for Challenging His Handshake

Larry King doesn’t like the quality of his handshake being challenged, and he let Conan O’Brien know it last night.

“I’m ticked!” King said on “Conan” before O’Brien played a previous interview he had with actor Will Arnett in which he equated shaking hands with King to that of a “lab skeleton.” “Stand up!” King said, challenging O’Brien to a do-over.  “Alright, alright,” O’Brien grimaced after the duo locked hands. “It’s a strong handshake.”

Piers Morgan, Larry King Twitter Fight Now Involves a Wife

Piers Morgan‘s Twitter tirade against Larry King over the weekend, has spilled into Monday, and now it involves King’s wife. This afternoon, Shawn King tweeted at Morgan, explaining what her husband was getting at when he criticized Morgan’s interview style, during a chat with a Buffalo radio station last week. (Yes, an interview with a Buffalo radio station is now reverberating around the Twittersphere).

Wow. Graceless old toad. This latest battle — and there have been several — all started when King spoke with WGRF 96.9 in Buffalo while promoting the third season of “Larry King Now” on Ora.tv.

Here’s what King said, that got under Morgan’s skin:

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The Ticker: Vause, Labott, King

  • CNN anchor and reporter John Vause was a passenger on Tel Aviv-bound Delta Flight 468 which was diverted to Paris following reports of rocket debris near Ben Gurion Airport. “An hour out of Tel Aviv-just told a rocket landed near BG Airport,” he tweeted.

  • CNN has promoted foreign affairs reporter Elise Labott to global affairs correspondent. Washington, DC-based Labott has been with the network since 2000 working as a foreign affairs producer and reporter.

  • Longtime CNN host Larry King is relishing an Emmy nomination as Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis program. His “Larry King Now” is the only digital show to be nominated for an Emmy in this category.

The Morning Ticker: New ‘Week,’ Eye Opener, Live Ender

  • Investment firm SkyBridge Capital has licensed the rights to long-running PBS series “Wall Street Week.” Former CNBCers Susan Krakower and Raymond Borelli have joined SkyBridge to oversee development, programming and distribution for the show’s revival.
  • Who says the younger generation doesn’t watch news? A current events class at a high school in Wallace, Idaho is using the “CBS This Morning” eye opener as a way to get caught up on current events.
  • Newsday’s Verne Gay writes about the end of an era on CNN. Last night was the final night a live program will air at 9pmET, for now. Staring in 1980, Sandi Freeman hosted a nightly show at 9pm. “Larry King Live” took over the slot in 1985, and would remain for 25 years.

Jesse Ventura Goes Off The Grid for New Show

JesseVenturaOraHe’s fought, wrestled, acted and governed. Now Jesse Ventura is back in front of a camera — from Mexico — with a new show on Ora.tv, which is also home to Larry King. Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios caught up with Ventura about how “Off the Grid” differs from his last TV series, “Jesse Ventura’s America” on MSNBC:

“Well, this program differs in the fact that in my short-lived time at MSNBC of about four weeks — even though they paid me huge money for three years — all the topics came from upstairs… the topics come from me. And I don’t answer to anybody.”

Berrios: How did you end up on Ora.tv? Why this platform?
Ventura: My last book tour in the United States was not overly successful because I was pretty much blackballed by NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC. I have a difficult time now gaining an audience there because they won’t put me on, and so Off the Grid is my way of combating them. They can’t control me now. I can do my own show and people can listen to me and hear what I have to say at their convenience. It’s been a Godsend for me. I thank Larry King from the day we met doing an interview on my book tour when he told me about Ora.tv.

Ventura also talks about his “good friend,” Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano and what he learned recently from watching Nancy Grace.

Click through for So What Do You Do, Jesse Ventura?

Larry King Calls CNN’s Piers Morgan Hire a Mistake, Morgan Hits Back

The last two people to occupy CNN’s 9pmET hosting chair made frank comments about each other today after Larry King gave his opinion about CNN’s decision to hire Piers Morgan as his replacement.

“I thought they made a mistake in the Piers hire,” King said on Howard Stern’s radio show. “I thought it was a mistake, one, to hire a Britisher in prime time and, two, I thought that he made himself too much part of the show.”

And Morgan responded.

Morgan added one more jab at his predecessor.

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Snoop Dogg Might Be One of Larry King’s ‘Main Men,’ but Donald Sterling Isn’t

larrykingFormer CNN host Larry King‘s response to whether he and rapper Snoop Dogg are engaged in a “bromance” might surprise you.

“Snoop Dogg is one of my main men,” King answered during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday. “You don’t have to smoke pot to be in his presence. I love him, he’s bright, he’s fun, he’s a good father, and a good man. Snoop is my man.”

But King also pointed out who isn’t one of his men: scandal-plagued Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

I completely agree with what Adam Silver did today. He was outstanding. I am a Clipper fan, I wasn’t going to let my children go to the game tonight, but now they will go. I know Donald Sterling, I’m embarrassed for him, I like his wife very much and she deserves better. This was a great decision. Great for the league, great for society. This is a historic day. Go Clippers!

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