Larry King

  • Aired:  06/08/11
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Larry King prepares to do comedy in Oslo and recalls his most difficult guest interview. (5:09)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, HE WAS THE

HOST OF CNN'S "LARRY KING LIVE."

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED "TRUTH BE

TOLD," IT'S ABOUT HALF CENTURY

OF ASKING QUESTIONS.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM LARRY KING.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HOW ARE YOU?

GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> GREAT NIGHT TO HAVE ME ON.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: BUT YOU CAN'T AVOID

THAT.

THERE'S IN THE A SHOW IN THE

WORLD THAT YOU CAN GO ON THAT'S

NOT GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT

THAT.

>> WELL, YOU ARE THE ONLY SHOW

THAT LED WITH THE ECONOMY.

THEY REALLY HAD HIM AND YOU HELD

HIM FOR ME.

>> Jon: I STARTED WITH THE

ECONOMY, AND THEN I BUILT.

NOW YOU'RE THE CLOSER, MY FRIEND

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?

ARE YOU DOING YOUR STAND-UP TOUR

NOW?

ARE YOU OUT ON THE ROAD DOING

IT?

>> I'M OUT.

WE'VE DONLAN TICK CITY AND

BOSTON AND INDIANAPOLIS AND

SATURDAY NIGHT WE'RE IN VEGAS.

AND IN VEGAS MY WIFE'S GOING TO

OPEN FOR ME.

WE'RE AT THE MIRAGE.

>> Jon: UNBELIEVABLE.

>> THEN SUNDAY NIGHT IN PHOENIX.

THEN IN SEPTEMBER I'M GOING TO

EUROPE.

I'M DOING COMEDY IN OSLO AND IN

REYKJAVIK.

BIG IN REYKJAVIK.

>> Jon: YOU'RE NOT BIG IN

REYKJAVIK.

>> THEY LOVE YOU.

>> Jon: THEY LOVE ME THERE?

>> SOUTH REYKJAVIK.

THEN I'M GOING TO COPENHAGEN.

JEWISH BOY.

>> Jon: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

WHEN DID THAT BECOME...

>> I TELL FUNNY STORIES.

>> Jon: AND IT TRANSLATES

UNIVERSALLY.

>> FUNNY IS FUNNY.

THEY'RE FUNNY STORIES.

I'VE BEEN TELLING THEM FOR YEARS

AT THE CONVENTIONS AND THE LIKE

THIS.

IS SORT OF A STRUCTURED SHOW.

I DIDN'T RETIRE.

I JUST LEFT...

>> Jon: HERE'S WHAT'S

INCREDIBLE.

AS A COMIC I WORKED THE ROAD FOR

YEARS AND YEARS.

THEN I'VE SETTLED DOWN TO BECOME

A TALK SHOW HOST.

YOU WERE A TALK SHOW HOST AND

NOW YOU'RE A COMIC.

YOU AND I HAVE SOMEHOW SWITCHED

IDENTITIES.

THIS IS LIKE A BAD GEORGE BURNS

MOVIE WHERE WE BOTH TOUCH A

SKULL AT THE SAME TIME AND I

WAKE UP MAKED IN SUSPENDERS.

WHAT HAPPENED?

I'M LARRY KING.

>> I COULD NEVER LEAVE

TELEVISION.

I'M GOING TO BE DOING IT.

>> Jon: I GOT TO TELL YOU, CNN

MISSES YOU DEARLY?

>> HOW DO YOU KNOW?

>> I WATCH IT ALL THE TIME.

IT'S TERRIBLE.

YOUR VOICE ON IT, YOUR THING

UNDERAPPRECIATED.

NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE, NOT THAT

THIS PIERS MORGAN GUY IS...

>> I MUST TELL YOU, YOU WERE ONE

OF OUR GREAT GUESTS.

>> I ALWAYS ENJOYED IT.

>> YOU WERE TERRIFIC.

YOU WERE HARD TO GETMENT YOU

WERE NOT EASY TO GET.

IT WAS EASIER TO GET AN E-MAIL

FROM WEINER.

THAN TO GET YOU ON AS A GUEST.

>> Jon: I DON'T DO A LOT

BECAUSE I'M ALWAYS DOING THIS.

AND I FEEL LIKE THIS SHOW ALLOWS

ME SUCH A CATHARSIS.

WHAT WAS THE EASE GUEST TO DEAL

WITH AND WHAT WAS THE MOST

DIFFICULT GUEST?

>> BILL CLINTON IS AN EASY GUEST

BECAUSE HE'S VERBOSE.

HE'S JUST TERRIFIC.

A DIFFICULT GUEST, I'LL TELL YOU

A FUNNY STORY.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

>> SHE PASSED AWAY, SO I CAN

TELL THIS.

LEARN NEVER TO OVERPROMOTE.

WE BOOKED PHILLIES GATES.

YOU KNOW WHO SHE WAS?

>> Jon: NO.

>> ROCK HUDSON'S WIFE.

SHE MARRIED ROCK HUDSON IN THE

EARLY DAYS.

SO SHE'S DOING US EXCLUSIVES

RIGHT AFTER HE DIED.

SO WE PROMOTE HER ALL DAY LONG.

PHYLLIS GATES IS COMING, ROCK

HUDSON'S WIFE.

SITS DOWN.

HOW DID YOU MEET ROCK?

>> I WAS A SECRETARY FOR HIS

AGENT AN WE DATED AND GOT

MARRIED.

>> WHAT HAPPENED?

DIDN'T WORK OUT.

WE GOT DIVORCED.

DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THAT HE

WAS GAY?

>> NO.

WHEN YOU FOUND OUT HE HAD AIDS,

DID YOU CALL HIM?

NO.

I STARTED AT 9:00.

IT'S THREE MINUTES AFTER 9:00.

I GOT NOWHERE TO GO.

WHAT MOVIES DID YOU LIKE OF HIS?

SO YOU LEARN NEVER TO

OVERPROMOTE.

BUT IF WE HAVE JON STEWART, ALL

DAY LONG.

>> Jon: YOU SEND STUFF ALSO TO

COPENHAGEN, OSLO.

YOU KNOW THIS THING IS GOING

INTERNATIONAL.

NOW, IS IT THE TYPE OF THING

NOW, WHY NOT COME BACK AND DO

ONCE A WEEK?

WHY NOT COME BACK AND...

>> I'M DOING FOUR SPECIALS A

YEAR.

AND WE'RE GOING TO DO OTHER

THINGS.

I'M GOING TO DO... I CAN'T NOT,

NOT DO THINGS.

>> Jon: YOU HAVE MORE ENERGY

THAN TEN PEOPLE I KNOW.

IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

>> I JUST HAVE A LOT OF STAMP

NAP.

I JUST...

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

, NO I'VE GOT TO BE HONEST.

>> Jon: DID YOU FIGURE OUT BY

WIFE SIX YOU HAD A LOT OF

STAMINA?

WHAT DID YOU FIGURE?

>> MY WIFE AND I HAVE NEVER DONE

THIS WATCHING YOUR SHOW.

>> Jon: TRUTH BE TOLD, IT'S ON

THE BOOKSHELVES NOW.

THE

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