Larry King leaves CNN after 25 years

In an image provided by CNN, talk show host Larry King is shown on the set of his program "Larry King Live" at the CNN studios in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 17, 2005. King, who interviewed statesmen and stars from a prime-time perch at CNN for 25 years but has faded in ratings and influence lately, said Tuesday June 29, 2010 that he will step down this fall from his nightly show. (AP Photo/CNN, Rose M. Prouser, File)

December 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Larry King ended his CNN talk show, "Larry King Live" on Thursday after 25 years.The 77-year-old said earlier this year that he would "hang up his nightly suspenders."

Piers Morgan, a British talk-show host and "America's Got Talent" judge, will take over the 9 p.m. Eastern time slot in January.

King has conducted thousands of interviews over his broadcasting career. He joined CNN in 1985 and has recorded more than 6,000 shows for the network.

Rival cable station MSNBC saluted King by buying an ad in USA Today on Thursday, calling King "one of a kind."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.