Larry King Live

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Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by Larry King. The show broadcasts from Los Angeles from CNN's studios. Sometimes, the show broadcasts from CNN's studios in New York and sometimes from Washington.

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Larry King touching Donald Trump's hair on the Larry King Live talk show.

Every night, King interviews one or more prominent individuals, mainly celebrities, politicians, and businesspeople. The one-hour show is broadcast three times a day in some areas, and can be seen all over the world. Among those interviewed include Diane Sawyer, President & Mrs. George W. Bush, Senator and Mrs. John Kerry, Martha Stewart, and Dean Cain.

When himself interviewed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, King said that the secret to a good interview is to get the guest to talk about him- or herself, and to put oneself in the background.

Sometimes, John Edward of the popular televised show Crossing Over with John Edward comes on the show and gives callers a free chance to supposedly communicate, via him, with their dead loved ones.

Some have claimed that Larry King asks "soft" questions in comparison to other interviewers, which allows him to reach guests who would be averse to interviewing on "tough" talk shows like The O'Reilly Factor.

King himself has interviewed people on-site in the White House, their prison cells, their homes, and other interesting locations. He does not insert his own commentary except when somebody passes away or when baseball is concerned. King's program is the highest rated on CNN and sometimes covers live breaking news with the help of correspondents like Anderson Cooper and Aaron Brown.

The program is one of CNN's longest running programs and was the highest-rated cable news program before The O'Reilly Factor gained increased prominence. The show competes directly with similar shows on other cable news channels.

King also accepts call-in questions, including a mysterious frequent caller (,+Georgia%22) from Ellijay, Georgia.

Ocassionally, surprise guests telephone the show and comment, like Governors, royalty, and celebrities. When King is absent, Ryan Seacrest, Court TV's Nancy Grace, or somebody equally qualified substitutes for him. In June of 2005, sportscaster Bob Costas was named as a regular substitute anchor for the show.

Sometimes live animals are featured on the show with their handlers. King does not do elaborate prep work, but his staff do and his executive producer is the one who really keeps things moving, according to King and others. Like most modern live shows, it has occasional unexpected technical problems. Often, they're resolved promptly.


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