The Unbearable Lightness Of Larry King

Jason Maoz writes for the Jewish Press:

Larry King will host his last edition of “Larry King Live” on CNN next week, and the Monitor can only say Good Riddance. King built a reputation and made a fortune as the master of the soft toss interview, which was fine for doing Frank Sinatra retrospectives but made for cringe-inducing television whenever the subject at hand required a tad more seriousness.

Back in 2000, King perfectly described the airy, passionless approach he brought to his job to Tucker Carlson, a young colleague at CNN who would go on to co-host the network’s “Crossfire” program.

“Let me tell you something about this business,” King told Carlson. “The trick is to care, but not too much. Give a [expletive] – but not really.”

One of the Monitor’s favorite examples of King’s unparalleled insipidness is the following exchange he had in January 2002 with the famously iconoclastic comedian Bill Maher…

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