Producers of In View Series Succeeded in Landing a Big-Name Host, Albeit One Who Made Some Gaffes

Host Made Some Mistakes During Legendary Career

Producers of In View Series Succeeded in Landing a Big-Name Host, Albeit One Who Made Some Gaffes

Larry King mistakenly referred to Ringo Starr as “George” during an interview with the two surviving Beatles.

Larry King is one the most prolific TV news personalities, and during his 25 years on CNN he interviewed virtually everyone worth interviewing. However, he certainly had his share of uncomfortable moments while on camera. King, who now hosts the In View series, stuck his foot in his mouth from time-to-time, as have many other talking heads on television.

Jerry Seinfeld Interview

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the greatest names in comedy. His show Seinfeld was one of the biggest hits on TV and ran for nine seasons. The final episode was one of the most watched shows in history. Many people were perplexed when King asked Jerry Seinfeld during an interview if Seinfeld had been cancelled. Seinfeld’s response was, “You think I got cancelled? Do you even know who I am?”

Carrie Prejean Interview

Former Miss California Carrie Prejean was involved in another uncomfortable moment on King’s show. He tried to press her on the details of a confidential legal settlement and she scolded him for being inappropriate. Prejean proceeded to take off her mike and earpiece, but remained on the set.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Interview

In 2007, King interviewed the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. He questioned them about where they were when they heard the news that John Lennon had died. After McCartney answered, Larry turned to Ringo Starr and said, “George, where were you?” George Harrison passed away in 2001.

King Remains a Beloved TV Figure

Larry King is responsible for many great TV moments, including a number of highly memorable uncomfortable ones. Although he committed some gaffes on the air, King’s fame and likeability made the Hall of Famer an appealing choice to host the In View Larry King program. In View Larry King producers, led by Walter Waiters executive producer, hoped to land a big name as host, and they certainly succeeded.


In View Larry King Producer Team Tapped Broadcast Legend as Host

In View Series Host a Familiar and Well-Liked Figure

In View Larry King Producer Team Tapped Broadcast Legend as Host

Larry King interviewed many controversial figures, like singer Chris Brown.

There aren’t many modern news personalities who can rival the longevity of living legend Larry King. Producers for one of King’s current projects, the In View series, realized the public’s familiarity to King would make the broadcaster a great choice to host the program. The In View Larry King show features illuminating looks at a wide assortment of subjects. King first gained publicity in 1957 while working as a broadcaster for a small Miami radio station. He was known for his willingness and interest in talking to and interviewing anyone he met. As he gained public attention, his love for a good conversation was one of the qualities that attracted celebrities who normally didn’t like to give interviews to King. King’s emphasis on open-ended questions and his keen ability for listening helped make him popular among shy and loud celebrities alike. He was also willing to meet interviewees wherever they were in order to get an interview. He did broadcasts from prisons, the Olympics, the White House, and celebrities’ homes out of many other locations.

One of the Best Interviewers Ever

While some consider his style soft compared to other correspondents, King’s method was successful in attracting guests who would normally be disinclined to give a live interview. Vague and easy questions allowed famous figures to offer their stance or side of the story without feeling defensive. Then, after a number of easier prompts, you could count on King to throw in a hardball question every once in a while. You could also count on getting a more interesting answer since interviewees felt more relaxed. At the heart of his style Larry King was genuinely more interested in learning about his visitors than attacking them, and this approach earned him respect among even the most elusive guests. The In View Larry King producer team knew that the host’s incredibly successful and award-winning career would make him an excellent choice to front the show, which runs on major cable channels, reaching audiences across the country.