Christiane Amanpour and Larry King discuss how Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be remembered in his country and globally. He died on Tuesday after a long battle against cancer.
King interviewed Chavez in 2009 for his CNN show "Larry King Live," and recalls speaking to Chavez in English before they began, but the president used an interpretor during the taping. "I thought that was a little strange," says King, who found Chavez fascinating. As Anderson Cooper points out, perhaps that was to benefit his target audience – the citizens of Venezuela.
"He had a manner about him that was effusive," King says. "You couldn't help but like him...I found him incredibly interesting."
Editor's note: It's the end of an era as Larry hangs up his suspenders after 25 years on CNN. We've got a bunch of surprises for him - and you - at 9 ET Thursday night on "Larry King Live." Don't miss it.
Los Angeles (CNN) - "Tonight on Larry King Live. ..."
Spoken in the whiskey and gravel baritone of a man who smoked three packs a day for decades, the words have come to promise a nightly fix of current events and celebrity confessionals.
Now, it's last call. After 25 years, Larry King's record-breaking run as CNN's prime-time, talk-show host ends Thursday night with a grand finale staffers are calling "Larrypalooza."
Led by friend and protégé Ryan Seacrest, a star-studded collection of guests will pay tribute. King will say his goodbyes. And then the set, with its horseshoe-shaped desk and familiar backdrop of multicolored dots, will fade to black.
"It's sad," King said, "but there's a time to go. You know when it's time."
By Eric Kuhn
CNN Audience Interaction Producer
Tune in and log on this Monday, June 21, for a special LARRY KING LIVE telethon focusing on what you can do to help the Gulf Coast. "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help," which airs on CNN between 8 – 10 PM ET, is going to be a great two-screen experience, so pull out your laptop!
During the telethon, Larry will check in with Ryan Seacrest, who will be hosting a special “Social Suite” with celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Pete Wentz, Deepak Chopra, Chelsea Handler, Jenny McCarthy, Tyson Ritter and Edward James Olmos.
Before and during the broadcast, we are encouraging people to participate on their favorite social media platform to help spread the word, have conversations and share ideas about how you can help.
CNN Wire Staff
Program Note: President Obama goes one-on-one with Larry King on Thursday night to talk about the oil spill, economic turmoil and war. Watch"Larry King Live," at 9 p.m. ET.
President Barack Obama told CNN's Larry King on Thursday that he is furious about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but his job is to fix things instead of just yelling at people.
In a White House interview for the 25th anniversary of "Larry King Live" on CNN, Obama called the oil spill an unprecedented crisis for the country but added it could have been worse.
Despite the challenges posed by the oil spill, global threats involving North Korea and Iran and political battles with Congress, Obama called being president "the best job on Earth."
Programming note: Tune in at 9pm EST tonight to see the full interview with the cast of 'Nine' on Larry King Live, then don't miss Anderson's interview with Larry at 10pm EST when he reveals what went on behind the scenes.
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He became an almost daily fixture on TV sets around the country during three traumatic weeks in October 2002. Snipers were shooting innocent victims in the Washington, D.C. area. The 14 incidents were random. 16 people were shot, 10 fatally. Area residents were afraid to go to the mall, to school, some to even leave their homes. Then Montgomery County, Maryland Police Chief Charles Moose was the public face of the investigation. His emotional and sometimes contentious briefings made Moose a celebrity. But controversy came along with his public persona.
In advance of Tuesday night's scheduled execution of convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad, we spoke with Chief Moose in an LKL Web Exclusive interview.
LKL Blog: What are your feelings about the execution of John Allen Muhammad?
Chief Moose: We live in a nation of laws. The people of Virginia made their decision based on the evidence. It's good to see the system works, and the people's will is going to be carried out.
LKL Blog: But how do you personally feel about capital punishment?
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