Larry King: Fox and MSNBC Have ‘Appointment Viewing’ — CNN Doesn’t


Larry King has not been shy when it comes to sharing his opinions on the man who replaced him at 9pm on CNN. Just last month, he was criticizing Piers Morgan for making his show “too much about him” and not enough about the people he interviews. Today, King told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg that CNN’s problems go beyond just Morgan, to the point where the network no longer has “appointment viewing.”

“They don’t have a lot of appointment viewing,” King said of CNN, citing his own long-running Larry King Live as the type of show the network is now missing. He called Wolf Blitzer a “wonderful anchor” and suggested Chris Cuomo would be better off in prime time, but in general he does not see great things coming out of his old home.

So, what is “appointment viewing” for King? As a “sports addict” he said he doesn’t miss Keith Olbermann’s new show on ESPN2. “That guy is just a genius at what he does,” he said. Without naming names, he said there is also “appointment viewing” at Olbermann’s old home on MSNBC as well as on Fox News, even if both are “preaching to the choir.”

“CNN is in the middle,” King said. “When a big story breaks, CNN gets viewers, but you don’t get a big story every day.”

Interestingly, CNN’s president Jeff Zucker made a similar statement at recent media summit in Washington, D.C. “If we rely just on breaking news,” Zucker said, “that’s probably not a long term game.”

Watch video below, via Newsmax:

UPDATE (7:20pm ET): Piers Morgan, who evidently heard King’s latest comments about CNN sent out the tweet below, politely asking him to “stop bitching incessantly” about the network:

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