Celebrities, journalists, political figures, former colleagues and more described the iconic interviewer best known for his long-running CNN show “Larry King Live” as a “legend,” “hero” and “master” of his trade.
CNN President Jeff Zucker remembered King as “the scrappy young man from Brooklyn” whose interviews “truly put the network on the international stage.”
Statement on the passing of Larry King from CNN President Jeff Zucker: pic.twitter.com/t1RVZyk4YP
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 23, 2021
Others shared anecdotes, images and clips of King in action:
RIP Larry King ... truly a legend. For years the Gore/Perot debate on Larry King Live was the most-watched show on CNN. And even when he was at the top of cable TV news, he kept doing his radio show. https://t.co/E0rKRuGTe1
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) January 23, 2021
Thanks for the countless interviews and insights, Larry King. You understood human triumph and frailty equally well, and that is no easy feat. There was no one else like you, and you shall be missed. Rest with the heavens now.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer. pic.twitter.com/1JsXeeZYEk
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 23, 2021
So few tv hosts can do their jobs like #larryking ...you could not tell what his politics were ...he let his guests answer the questions...and he thought his guest the “stars” and not himself..he profiled his guests,didn’t talk about himself
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 23, 2021
Just heard the awful news about Larry King. He taught me so much. He was a true mensch. He probably even taught me that word.
So long pal, thanks for all the laughs. Say hi to Rickles. #RIPLarryKing
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who become a newsman who interviewed the newsmakers. He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way.
New York sends condolences to his family and many friends.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2021
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) January 23, 2021
— XVIII Airborne Corps (@18airbornecorps) January 23, 2021
Sad news. CNN confirms that legendary talk show host Larry King has died. King was 87 years old.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) January 23, 2021
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 23, 2021
Rest In Peace to an absolute icon in the broadcasting industry. Larry King was a part of so many huge moments you can’t even begin to process. He was 87 years old.
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview.
His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network’s ascent. EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live. May he Rest in Peace.https://t.co/XTgeMqjmcg
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) January 23, 2021
RIP Larry King!!!! I loved the easy breezy format of his CNN show, and his amazing voice.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 23, 2021
Rest In Peace Larry King ✌🏼
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) January 23, 2021
RIP Larry King, one of my favorite interviews and the best in the biz. So grateful I got to sit at your table. 💔
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 23, 2021
May his memory be a blessing. Icon. Interviewer. Father. Husband. Friend to many. It seems like #LarryKing has been in broadcasting for longer than time itself. He worked till the end. What a legacy and life. https://t.co/0zJOHQJkac
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) January 23, 2021
One of the most memorable moments I’ve had in an interview was the first time I met Larry King & he asked me how it felt “to be so fierce.” May he Rest In Peace. Sending my condolences and prayers to those he leaves behind. pic.twitter.com/y0EkS6DyZM
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 23, 2021
The word legend is often overused but not here... https://t.co/HAl4eXAfjv
— Max Foster (@MaxFosterCNN) January 23, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.