Larry King rips Hannity, Maddow: ‘What they are – are preachers’

Both Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow offered their best to outgoing legendary anchor Larry King on Dec. 16, his final broadcast night. But how does the outgoing CNN anchor feel about them?

On CNN’s Sunday broadcast of “Reliable Sources,” host Howard Kurtz asked King about his competitors, which he was third to in the ratings at the tail-end of his career. King admitted they were good at what they did, but said he didn’t particularly care for it.

“They got better ratings,” King said. “However, I don’t regret anything and I’m happy with what I did. I let it stand on its own, stand for itself. And I’m not objecting to what they do. They’re more what I guess what television is about today.”

King has long said his style involved doing as little talking as possible during interviews – a very different construct from the Hannity and Maddow programs.

“It’s just that my problem with it is – with those kinds of programs, and they’re both very good at what they do – is my own concept, Howie – is mine, I never learned anything when I was talking,” he continued.

But the crushing blow from King came when he said Hannity and Maddow are preachers don’t learn anything from their guests.

“So what they are – are preachers,” he continued. “They’re preachers of their opinion. They’re telling you what they know. They’re not learning. There’s no learning experience from either of those programs. They’re just telling you what they know. I want to learn, I want to learn.”


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  • sunnyr

    Say Goodnight, Larry!!

  • jjsmithers

    That’s great– Larry just wants to learn.

    Well, so did we, but Larry kept asking idiotic questions for all those years, and he rarely followed up when the guest said anything absurd– or even really interesting.

    So how would anybody be able to learn from a bowl of mush ?

    If Larry had asked some good questions to all of those great guests (Yes, I know…he wouldn’t have had those guests if he was asking good questions. They came on the show to spin something ), we all might have learned something.

  • savage24

    I watched the Hannity show when he gave all those great comments about Larry King, even calling him a good friend. I think somebody should tell Hannity that being a friend of liberals is a one way street, liberals are the only ones that can travel that street. It’s time to start calling a spade a spade. Larry King was a product of the left wing media and would have never survived without them. The only people that watched King needed adult supervision, that’s why his audience was so small.

  • oldguy5

    Imagine that, a creepy guy like Larry King ripping competitors programs. Maybe he should have paid more attention to his program and maybe 3 people would have watched it instead of just 2.

  • dulcamara

    …as the resident Methuselah of late night TV wrings his adult diapers in a knot to somehow reclaim a minute degree of cultural relevance as he fades to black. A vapid desperate grasp of the obvious from a vapid desperate man teetering into his dotage.

  • jonesy

    bye bye Larry!

  • MerryJ1

    I should just keep my mouth shut (oh, yeah, fat chance of that) because I seldom watched more than a snippet or so of King — with good reason. But at least he clarified in this interview one big problem that made his show such an incredibly boring one: He waited until ‘show time’ to learn something about his guests, instead of doing the prep work that might have made him at least a mediocre host.

    I do recall an embarrassing (as if King had the sense to be embarrassed) snippet of his interview of Jerry Seinfeld, as the wildly-successful “Seinfeld” was wrapping up its final season: King didn’t have a clue what the show was about (yeah, I know, “nothing,” but that’s what made it such fun), and even the usually-mild, ‘laid-back’ Seinfeld got his hackles up at King’s obliviousness.

    As a ‘show host,’ King should absolutely stand mute when it come to criticizing any other show host (including Maddow). There are probably some that are nearly as bad as he is at interviewing, but I seriously doubt if anyone could be worse.

  • votersofny

    You’re a dope Larry. How the heck did you stay on for so many years, being as stupid as you are? That was an amazing feat. The only reason you got so many good guests is because they knew you were too stupid to ask meaningful questions. I used to turn you on when I couldn’t fall asleep. Thank you for that; I went to sleep in about 30 seconds listening to you, dope.

  • jeffincos

    You tell ’em Larry! That’s the best thing I’ve heard from him in years.