So Larry King is calling it quits. Was there ever a worse interviewer on television? He was an even more terrible columnist. The “Saturday Night Live” skit lampooning his USA Today columns was not far off: “Hot dogs. Man are they good.”
The main reason King’s show was successful was the he was — with rare, bizarre exceptions — such a softball interviewer that everyone was comfortable being a guest. Consequently, he got a lot of interesting guests. Sometimes they would still manage to self-immolate despite King bumbling through the interviews. And odd fireworks would sometimes still fly.