Larry King gets ‘exclusive’ with his BFF the Dalai Lama

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

The Dalai Lama joins Larry King for an “exclusive” upcoming interview on his daily internet show that airs on Ora TV and Hulu. At least King and his people are proclaiming it “exclusive.”

The email promo reads like a man who might’ve tied his suspenders too tight and they’ve cut off all circulation to his brain. As a result, it whiffs of someone who must puff himself up because he’s no longer on CNN. Whatever happened there, someone laid it on real thick. The word “exclusive” is used no less than four times to describe an interview with a man who has appeared on TV a bunch. Hell, the Dalai Lama is evening leading the Senate in prayer this Thursday.

So, no, Larry King has no hold on the Dalai Lama.

Still, towards the bottom of the brag sheet, we are reminded just how close King is with the Dalai Lama, which is why the interview resulted in “commentary like never before.” Kind of like ABC’s “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison declaring that this rose ceremony is the toughest one yet or that this season of the Bachelor is the most unbelievable in the show’s history.

Harrison will keep bullshitting us. But Larry King, please.

Alright, just for the hell of it, what is this unbelievable commentary? A few are mildly interesting. Most of these nuggets really make me want to Zzzzzzzzz.

  • A female Dalai Lama is “very possible” in the future (especially if she’s pretty). (The Mirror: a hideous female Dalai Lama is an extremely bad idea.)
  • The Dalai Lama is eager to meet the new Pope and finds the Pope’s philosophy similar to his own.
  • When he was younger, the Dalai Lama was actually “a lazy student,” uninterested in learning. (The Mirror: true unabashed laziness is the key to happiness.)
  • The Dalai Lama isn’t concerned about leaving a legacy. (No offense to Dalai, but bullshit, then why is he doing this show? And don’t tell me it’s because you two are so tight.)
  • It’s up to the Tibetan people to decide if there will be a successor, or if the Dalai Lama is “no longer relevant” the institution “will automatically cease.”
  • All religions deserve respect; “it’s not we versus they.”
  • He wants to see universal morals and inner values taught in formal education.
  • Everyone has “the same potential to reach inner peace.” (Pretty sure Dalai has touched on this before, Larry.)
  • Same-sex marriage is okay and “an individual’s business.” (But what does he think of transgender people and is he transphobic like they accuse Katie Couric, Piers Morgan and Ellen Degeneres?)
  • The Dalai Lama discloses his predictions for future of Tibet and China.

The interview on Larry King Now airs Monday, March 10.

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