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Geraldo Rivera Criticizes Media for Covering Ukraine More Than Venezuela

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera told Larry King he blames the media for overcovering Ukraine when violence in Venezuela is much more relevant to U.S. interests.

“I don’t understand it,” Rivera said on King’s Ora.tv show “Politicking,” highlighting the fact that millions of Americans are Venezuelan.

“A lot of it is the media’s fault,” he added, saying the media is all over tumult across the globe, but doesn’t focus on violence “right next store.”

Larry King: ‘I Don’t Work for RT’

larrykingFollowing RT anchor Liz Wahl quitting on-air Wednesday afternoon, Larry King has been getting some heat for his show that airs on RT America.

King tells The Daily Beast about his ties to RT:

“I don’t work for RT,” said the 81-year-old King, whose podcasts, Larry King Now and Politicking, are licensed for a fee to RT America by New York-based Ora TV, in which King has an equity stake. “It’s a deal made between the companies…They just license our shows.”

He also vowed to stop airing on RT if any of his interviews are altered:

“If they took something out, I would never do it,” he insisted. “It would be bad if they tried to edit out things. I wouldn’t put up with it…As long as they don’t, as long as they’re carrying stuff critical of them, I’ve got no problem with it.” Attempting to distance himself, he added: “You may not like what Russia’s doing now, but I’m really a party removed.”

Your Pick for Piers Morgan’s Replacement is…

Larry KingAfter Larry King fueled speculation about a possible return to CNN following the news of Piers Morgan‘s show cancellation, we asked you who you’d like to see slide into the 9pmET CNN chair.

With close to 12,000 overall poll votes, the legendary interviewer in suspenders ran away with the win, with 86% of you voting for King to retake the 9pm hour he hosted for 25 years. Coming in a distant second was recently departed “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with 8%.

Rounding out the top five were Katie Couric (3%), and a tie between CNN’s Bill Weir and “other” at 2%. Some of your other selections included embattled teen star Justin Bieber, Jerry Seinfeld, and the highly camera-friendly Donald Duck. We’re keeping the poll open, so feel free to vote if you haven’t.

King told us last year it was CNN founder Ted Turner that gave him his big break.

With Piers Morgan Out, Could Larry King Be on His Way Back to CNN?

larrykingWith his replacement at CNN officially out, Larry King says he’d be open to a return to the network he was pushed out of in 2010.

“If he (Jeff Zucker) talked to the people at Ora TV and they could work it out, I would do it,” King told The Daily Beast. King also agreed with Morgan’s belief that being British put him at a disadvantage with American audiences.

Back in 2011, King blamed CNN for overselling Morgan from the start.

We’re hearing from network insiders there’s no interest in a King return, but we want to know what you think. Who should replace Piers Morgan at 9pmET on CNN?

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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