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Conan O’Brien Dubs Larry King’s Back to Life Show: ‘Larry King Alive’

Appearing Thursday night on Conan O’Brien‘s show Larry King revealed his wishes for when he dies.

“I don’t believe in an afterlife…so that means when you die, it’s bye, bye baby,” King said. “So the only fragment of hope is to be frozen, and some day they cure whatever you died of, and you’re back.”

Pointing at O’Brien, King announced that when he goes, he wants to be frozen. Feeling the pressure, Conan shot back: “Why you putting the responsibility on me?” he said, foreshadowing him busting into the hospital and taking a no longer living King to the freezer.

Conan concluded the real reason King wants to be frozen: another TV show named “Larry King Alive.”

Fortunately, King’s First Big Break will be forever documented.

Larry King: ‘CNN’s Got Problems’

Larry KingLarry King said he occasionally misses CNN, but he’s not ignoring his longtime network’s ratings woes.

“I miss it when there’s big stories but on a day-to-day basis I don’t,” King said in an interview with HuffPost Live today. The former network star also addressed their struggles: “CNN’s got problems,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

“Cartoons” he joked as advice for CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. “Put ‘Spongebob’ on CNN— 24 hours— until a big story breaks. Then we break into ‘Spongebob,’ and go to the hurricane, and then back to ‘Spongebob.’” (Speaking of big breaks, King told us about his last year.)

King also didn’t shy away from Fox News and MSNBC.

“Fox News is so successful, but obviously, ‘fair and balanced,’ cmon…who we kidding?” King said. “I like Roger (Ailes)…but they are certainly not an impartial news network.”

Answering host Marc Lamont Hill‘s question on MSNBC, King said it was pretty much as “knee jerk” as Fox, but that it doesn’t “go out and hire guys who’ve run for office on the Democratic ticket.” Read more

Dan Rather: Fox News Is Not a ‘Propaganda Machine’ for the GOP

Appearing on Larry King‘s RT America show, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather said Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes has helped the Republican Party, but wouldn’t categorize Fox News as part of the GOP.

“Ailes considers himself still a part of the Republican Party, and I think in so far that he’s able to, that he wants his channel to be that way,” Rather said, cautioning against casting a wide blanket over Fox News and praising several of the “pros” he knows there.

“Is it a soul operative and propaganda machine for the party? I’d have to stop short of that,” he concluded.

The Afternoon Ticker: ‘CTM,’ King, Olympics

  • The Saturday edition of “CBS This Morning” had a good show last week, posting its best total viewer audience since February 2010 and its best A25-54 audience since February 2013. The show had 2.4 million viewers and .07/04 in the demo.

  • Larry King is the new dean of The Friar’s Club. He will be at the helm of the century-old club famous for celebrity roasts for the next two years.

  • NBC is teaming up with Facebook and Instagram for the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Our sister site Lost Remote reports Facebook will work with NBC to produce on-air social media segments across all the Olympic broadcast platforms.

Larry King Tours The Newseum

On his Ora.TV show Friday, Larry King got a tour of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. King went through exhibits including JFK’s assasination, Tim Russert‘s office and the 9/11 exhibit.  Watch:

Best of 2013 MediabistroTV Interviews, Part I

Our pals at mediabistroTV have had quite the year interviewing some of the biggest television personalities in the business. In case you missed them, here’s a handful of our favorite interviews from 2013: Christiane Amanpour, Al Roker, Larry King, Jon Karl and the co-hosts of “The Five.”

Stay tuned for an mbTV interview with the hosts of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and the return of “Cubes” in 2014.

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Mark Halperin: ‘By His Own Admission’ Bashir Was Out Of Line

Mark Halperin“Double Down” authors and MSNBC analysts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann talked to Larry King about Martin Bashir’s vile comments about Sarah Palin in an interview set to air Thursday.

“Well, he apologized for it, and you know, live TV…” Halperin said, adding, “By his own admission,” Bashir was out of line. Halperin knows what can happen on live TV. The MSNBC contributor was suspended by MSNBC in 2011 for calling President Obama “kind of a dick” live on-air. He was asked his opinion, and thought he’d be “bleeped” but the control room didn’t catch it in time.

Heilemann suggested it’s fine to have passionate arguments on-air, but important to keep things civil, pointing out Palin’s comments linking America’s debt to slavery were out of line too, but the difference is there was no personal attack.

King’s interview airs on RT America Thursday at 9pmET. King’s interview with MediabistroTV: My First Big Break, is after the jump…

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Larry King: My First Big Break

In celebration of Larry King‘s 80th birthday today, the mediabistroTV crew took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The current host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv told us a story involving names like Ted Turner, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin that sounded more like a who’s who than your typical tale of “how I got started.” Plus, he may have given us the key to his longevity as a talk show host when he told us, “Listening is as important as asking.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Wolf Blitzer Profiles CNN Founder Ted Turner

CNN will turn an eye on itself this weekend as Wolf Blitzer profiles Ted Turner, who founded CNN in 1980. The hourlong special, “Ted Turner: The Maverick Man,” will air at 7pm and 1amET Sunday.

Blitzer reported for the special in both Atlanta and Montana, where Turner has a ranch. Among the interviews that will be featured are Turner’s five children, ex-wife Jane Fonda, President Jimmy Carter and Larry King. Watch a preview:

Chris Matthews Weighs In On Politics, MSNBC To Larry King, ABC News

MSNBC host Chris Matthews continues his book tour. The latest appearances are on ABC News/ web video series “Politics Confidential” with Jonathan Karl, and on Larry King‘s politics program for Ora TV.

Matthews talked to King about the politics of cable news and MSNBC, and how viewers tend to migrate to hosts who share their point of view. That said, Matthews says he makes an effort to keep at least some Republican viewers.

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Matthews talked to Karl about his days working for House speaker Tip O’Neil and how politics in the 80′s compares to the politics of today.

Update: Greta Van Susteren isn’t happy with how Matthews described her. She weighs in on her blog.

So why bother to respond? Because it is now on the internet what he says about me and it is wrong. It needs to be corrected. Matthews makes stuff up about me and unless I answer it, it lives unanswered on the internet for ever and some may falsely take it to be true.

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