Host Made Some Mistakes During Legendary Career
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.