My Favorite Larry King Moment Ever: The Gil Moppo Story


As iconic news host Larry King prepares to make his exit later this year, much has been and will continue to be written about how King’s time as king of cable news is long gone.

People will talk about his softball interviews, laugh at his out-of-touch moments, point to his massive ratings declines. But while this goes on over the next few months, quite possibly here at Mediaite as well, remember what makes Larry King great too. Here’s my favorite Larry King moment ever.

King has made for great late night TV comedy fodder – a running gag on Conan O’Brien‘s former Late Night show was simply how old King is. Jimmy Kimmel on ABC has never held back in poking fun at the CNN host either, but the deference is clear as well. Kimmel has filled in for King as guest host in the past.

It was last July when King was a guest on Kimmel’s late night ABC show – ironically, my favorite moment wasn’t King as legendary interviewer, but as interviewee. Kimmel gave King seven mostly-uninterrupted minutes (besides the bursts of laughter) to tell one of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard. It gave King a chance to talk about his childhood growing up in New York, and included general comments like, “If you’re a D student in New York, you’re mayor of Des Moines.”

But it was about one particular event in his life, one event described so expertly down to every last captivating detail it might even make the ‘does King still have it?’ skeptics think twice.

Enjoy the Gil Moppo Story – as told by one the true Kings of television:

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