As Larry King bids farewell to his famed CNN talk show after 25 years, we take a look back at 10 of the most memorable “Larry King Live” moments.
1. Marlon Brando (1994): The screen legend doesn’t often appear in interviews, but he allowed King into his home for a very memorable appearance. The interview ends with a duet, and even a kiss on the mouth for the host.
2. OJ Simpson car chase (1994): Unfamiliar with the streets of Los Angeles, King referenced a map during three continuous hours of broadcast at the time of the chase. Also on “LKL,” Tom Lange of the LAPD appeared to talk about his phone conversations with Simpson while he was in the white Bronco.
3. 9/11 coverage (2001): Of his coverage from New York following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, King has said, “I think that was some of the best broadcasting we’ve ever done.”
4. Carrie Prejean (2009): The ostracized beauty queen attempts to completely avoid the situation that made her famous in the first place. Prejean removes her mic and tries to leave the show after repeatedly calling King “inappropriate.” Regardless of political opinion, her reactions are hilariously awkward. Plus, hearing “Inappropriate King Live” makes us laugh every time. (You can see where she starts to get testy right around the 3:20 mark).
5. Paris Hilton (2009): In another episode featuring a frequently criticized blonde, Paris Hilton completely fails to improve her public appearance upon her first post-jail interview.
6. Oprah Winfrey (2008): The famed Chicago talk show host announces her first ever political endorsement for Barack Obama on “LKL.” She tells King why she opted to go public with her opinion, and it is estimated that her words were worth over a million votes in the Democratic primary race.
7. Tammy Faye Messner (2007): Just one day before her death, a cancer-stricken Tammy Fay Messner appeared on the program to discuss her battle with lung and colon cancer, and tells the host that she knows “for sure, for positive” that she’s going to Heaven.
8. Janet Jackson (2008): OK, so this is more of a personal favorite. But Janet Jackson teaching King how to dance (in suspenders) on live television is priceless.
9. Michael Jackson‘s death (2009): King’s extensive coverage of the death of Michael Jackson was chosen as one of the viewers top five moments back in May, after King announced that he would end the show’s 25 year run this year. “LKL” did several shows about the king of pop’s death, including a tour of Neverland Ranch and interviews with those closest to him.
10. Snoop Dogg (2010): In one last personal pick, King hops behind the wheel of Snoop Dogg’s bright yellow 1967 Pontiac Parisienne, and rocks out to “Gin and Juice.”
King’s final episode will air Thursday, Dec. 16 at 9 pm on CNN. We have no doubts he will go out with a bang.