Larry King Your Retirement Is On Line Four
Larry, it's enough already!
I don't watch Larry King every day but I have to say that through the years I have caught a number of his interviews and have always thought that he does a great job interviewing. As of late, he has seemed a little bit off his game, spacey if you will and looking as if he really has no idea where he is or who he is interviewing. Well, last night I was flipping through channels and I stopped to watch what he had on. It was a full hour on the life and death of Barbaro, the race horse. Larry King, we have your retirement on line four - Don't Get Me Started!
He starts the interview off in that usual tone that has now become not only his trademark but also a cartoon of himself. It's a little like listening to William Shatner do the intro from the original Star Trek. Every word is emphasized as much as the last one or more with a jerky sort of delivery that makes it comical. Now I get that he was having the owners and the horse's vet on for their first interview since the horse's demise but in my humble opinion there was no reason for all of the dramatics going on by Larry King. He seemed as if he was about to cry when he introduced the owners and then he said something like, "Let's take a look back at Barbaro's incredible life." Okay, I get it, we all love our pets. I'd love my cats probably even a little bit more if they made the kind of money that Barbaro was making but an hour tribute?
The owners were crying, the vet was crying and they were going on and on about this incredible horse. He wasn't Mr. Ed for Chrissakes, was he? I mean, he didn't talk did he? He wasn't Lassie who saved more people on film that probably any other animal. And he certainly wasn't even Benji! I don't mean to make light of a horse's accomplishments but to go on and on like we're watching the Princess Diana funeral is a bit much, don't you think?
I get that Larry King wants to be on top of whatever news there is but this seems like he's making news out of nothing. The horse was in pain and they decided it was more humane to "put him down" well, someone should do the same for our boy Larry. I know, I know, I'll be old some day too but at the rate I'm going, I won't be doing it on national television.
Some of the other "big" stories Larry covered this week were Tyra Banks sounding off to her critics who say she is fat from a photo that was taken of her on some beach where she looked, well, fat and tonight it's Miss America (and if you don't know how I feel about the whole Miss America thing, read the last three blogs and get back to me).
Don't get me wrong, I think that Larry King was the king of all interviewers at one time but like so many things, that time has passed. Give us our new fave rave, Anderson Cooper with all his glamorous yet tragic upbringing, good looks and boyish charm. Much like Larry's latest wife who is many years younger than him or his last wife, you won't mind Larry if we do the same to you, will you? Replace you with a younger better version of you? I say this out of love and respect, Larry King, we have your retirement on line four - Don't Get Me Started!
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