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Earlier this evening, TV broadcasting legend Larry King dropped a bombshell: after 25 years of hosting the ‘Larry King Live’ show on CNN, his nightly show will end this fall. King made the surprising announcement via his Twitter account right before he taped this evening’s show. “Announcing tonight: I’m ending my nightly show this fall but continuing at CNN,” King wrote.

In a full statement on, the TV icon said, “Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. 25 years ago, I sat across this table from New York Governor Mario Cuomo for the first broadcast of Larry King Live. Now, decades later, I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end Larry King Live, the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids’ little league games.

“I’m incredibly proud that we recently made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot. With this chapter closing I’m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.”

The journalist will still appear on CNN frequently, hosting topic-related specials. “I’ll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects,” King confirmed in the statement.

The decision to leave the show comes after months of declining ratings and media speculation about the future of King’s career. The NY Times reported in March that the program was down about 50 percent in v