NEW YORK — Larry King, who has interviewed statesmen and stars from a prime-time perch at CNN for 25 years but has seen his ratings sag recently, said Tuesday that he will step down this fall from his nightly show.
"It's time to hang up my nightly suspenders," King said in a message sent to fans via Twitter, referring to his famous outfit.
King, the Brooklyn-born son of Eastern European immigrants, said he will do occasional specials for CNN. He recently reached his 25-year anniversary and takes pride in a Guinness Book of World Records citation for hosting the longest-running show on the same network in the same time slot.
The long-time radio host was a pioneer in cable television, his desk considered a valued spot to sit for anyone interested in talking to Americans. King's interview style was plain-spoken and critics would suggest occasionally ill-prepared, but he was good at making his guests feel comfortable and ready to talk.