Old talk show hosts never die, they simply end up making fools of themselves.
Long time talker Larry King, former CNN host and radio talk personality, is joining the lineup on Russia Today TV with his own politcal gab show as well as another show already launched on Hulu TV.
Award-winning interviewer Larry King will host a mold-breaking political talk show on RT from next month, speaking to both leading establishment figures, and those who are not afraid to go against the grain.
"I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I'm thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country," says King.
King's career has spanned 56 years and more than 50,000 interviews, but he says the show will break new ground. The veteran broadcaster will not shy away from causing controversy, or using his authority to give a chance to hear voices other media ignore.
"I have interviewed every US president since Nixon, and lest people forget, I helped usher Ross Perot into the national conversation during the 1992 presidential contest. I appreciate the importance of providing a platform to those with real alternative visions for our country's future," says the host.
King also moderated the third-party presidential debate, broadcast live on RT in October last year.
RT will air the new show 'Politics with Larry King', produced by Ora.tv in June as well as 'Larry King Now', which was launched on Hulu and Ora.TV in July 2012. The programs will be recorded in RT America's Washington, DC, studios and Ora TV's studio in Los Angeles. RT America will be the exclusive US broadcaster for both programs, which will continue to stream online at Hulu.com and Ora.tv and also be available online on rt.com.
RT is funded entirely by the Russian government and is uniformly anti-American and pro-Putin. The website occasionally runs the conspiracy of the week, and it is not unknown for RT to publish pure propaganda from Russia.
It is embarassing to see King, an icon of American media, stoop so low. It's as if Rush Limbaugh signed on with the People's Daily in China to write a column. Someone should have told him to pass on this opportunity. I guess the lure of the spotlight is just too great - even for octagenarian talk show hosts.