Larry King, poor thing. It's pitiful. His interview with Ricky Martin sucked.
King is so past his prime it's not even funny. I know he's leaving soon. But CNN let him hang on too long in teh first place They should have gotten rid of him years ago, when his LAST contract was up. But no...the chicken-hearted executives could think ahead to today.
And then King got too close to his 25 anniversary to let his go, which would have been unceremonious. So they keep him to get to 25 years so he can have a send off. Yuk.
I think CNN's ratings for King are down, and have been down for awhile.
His questions are so stupid and ignorant. He doesn't know squat about the people his producers book for the show, he doesn't know squat about headline stories. Why the fuck is he there?...making millions.
IMHO, the Ricky Martin interview was probably bad (I didn't see it because CNN isn't coming in on my cable right now & I haven't had the repairman out to fix it so far) because Ricky Martin is gay, his book dealt with--among other things--coming out, & I don't think Larry King fundamentally understands the concept of homosexuality/lesbianism. He just doesn't ever seem to get why 2 men or 2 women would be attracted to each other rather than the opposite sex. None of his interviews I've ever seen with public figures who are gay/lesbian (or for that matter his interview with the cast of Queer As Folk
, when that show aired on Showtime), or dealing with some topic relevant to the LGBT community, have ever been that great. I don't know if he's just ignorant (or something) or if it's because he's such a "serial monogamist"/much married IRL that it's really foreign to him.
I agree that keeping him on this long probably had to do with the realization that his 25th anniversary with the network was coming up, especially in this contract cycle. And that's fair, on at least a certain level/certain levels, because when Larry King was good at his job, he was REALLY good, & that should be remembered. I used to love the idea of my favorite entertainers/public figures I was interested in going on his show, or topics I was interested in being discussed on his show because I knew the interview/discussion would be good. Now, not so much. Especially when he can no longer pronounce a guest's name correctly or even remember the name from segment to segment when he reintroduces the guest to the viewing audience.
I don't know that "his" questions are actually thought up by him, or if they're thought up by a producer for the show/guest segment. In any case, I agree that they're no longer the kind of questions, or interviews, they were when his show started.
To put things somewhat in perspective, however, Larry King's been in what could perhaps be called "declining health" for awhile now. Among other issues, he's had numerous cardiac issues (which also involve the circulatory system, of course) necessitating surgery/other invasive procedures such as angioplasty, & also surgery a few years ago to improve the blood flow to his brain. I believe he's also diabetic, probably among other health issues he deals with. I think his cardiac/circulatory issues perhaps have a bearing on how sharp & aware he is in his interviews these days. And, when they became such an issue for him, then he should've packed it in gracefully, not become a professional shell of his former self on (inter)national television.