December 17, 2010 04:21:24 GMT
King, appearing in a playful polkadot tie, lost of words at the end of the show but gained his composure back to say 'thank you' and 'so long'.
Larry King signed off from "Larry King Live" on Thursday, December 16 with a retrospective of some of his most iconic moments, including the time he had a comical duet with Marlon Brando. His last episode was also packed with a salute from a variety of media personalities such as Ryan Seacrest and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
While Seacrest and Bill Maher came in person, most of the others bid their goodbye to King via satellite. This included President Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and Barbara Walters.
Fred Armisen who often spoofed the talk show host on "Saturday Night Live", appeared as King interviewing King. Armisen asked King what is the best question that he had ever thrown and King said, "Why" because it can't be answered in a word and forces someone to think. Then there was a performance of "The Best Is Yet to Come", again via satellite, by Tony Bennett as well as a few words from King's children and wife.
Wrapping up the show, King said his last words. "It's not very often in my life that I've been without words but...," he said before pausing. "I wanna thank everybody associated with this program. All of the people behind the scenes as I mentioned Wendy [Walker] and the staff ...everybody who makes this possible."
He continued later, "I don't know what to say except, to you, my audience, thank you. And instead of 'goodbye', how about 'so long'." The lights then faded out to King's iconic microphone before the set went completely dark.
Piers Morgan will replace King in January while King would still appear for CNN specials and several other projects.