Piers Morgan, Celine Dion, Ryan Seacrest And More Celebrities React To Larry King's Death

Celebrities took to social media to remember the iconic broadcaster who died on Saturday.

Shortly after news of Larry King’s death broke on Saturday (Jan 23), tributes to the legendary TV host began pouring in. 

King passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being treated for COVID-19. He was 87. 

Piers Morgan thinks Larry King was "one of the all-time TV greats".

The 55-year-old TV star replaced the iconic broadcaster on CNN in 2010, and has reiterated his admiration for King amid accusations he was disrespectful in the immediate aftermath of his death.

Piers' initial tweet read: "Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer. (sic)"

Piers — whose show was axed by CNN in 2014 due to poor ratings — was subsequently accused of being insensitive.

The outspoken presenter admitted to having a turbulent relationship with King, but acknowledged that he was one of his "heroes".

He wrote: "Larry hated me replacing him at CNN and never made any secret of it, which I found very sad because he was one of my heroes - but I still think he was a superb broadcaster & one of the all-time TV greats. (sic)"

Piers also thinks Larry would've been amused by the reaction to his initial tweet.

He said: "Larry loved that mother-in-law joke, and he would have found the hysterical reaction to my tribute ridiculous."

Piers then claimed that the coronavirus pandemic has caused people to respond in an irrational way.

The TV presenter wrote: "Weird, isn't it?

"My theory is the pandemic's sent everyone nuts & if it helps them to scream irrational abuse at me, then I'm OK with that. (sic)"

"I lost a dear friend and mentor. Truly an American treasure. Rest in peace, Larry King," Ryan Seacrest tweeted. 

Wendy Williams, who hosted Larry King Live on CNN between 1985 and 2010, wrote, "
"Sad news this morning. TV broadcasting legend Larry King has passed away. He was 87. #RIP (sic)"

Craig Ferguson, who previously hosted The Late Late Show, hailed King's influence on his own career, admitting he'd "taught [him] so much". 

"Just heard the awful news about Larry King," he wrote. "He taught me so much. He was a true mensch. He probably even taught me that word. So long pal, thanks for all the laughs. Say hi to Rickles. #RIPLarryKing (sic)"

Elsewhere, Yvette Nicole Brown — who is perhaps best known for playing Shirley Bennett in Community — praised the TV icon, saying King was a "curious, kind man".
The actress tweeted: "I grew up watching him and am so happy I achieved enough in my life to have been interviewed by this great - which shows his kindness towards even those just starting out. He made you feel worthy. We lost a curious, kind man. #RIPLarryKing. (sic)"

Filmmaker Kevin Smith described King wrote on Twitter: "RIP to radio/TV/digital news legend @kingsthings. It was an honor to watch you do your thing, both on @CNN and in person. My Dad always asked me "Did you see who Larry King talked to last night?" Would've blown his mind to know that, one day, it would be his son. Thanks for that. (sic)"

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon also praised the iconic broadcaster. "So sad to hear the news about Larry King today," she wrote. "I was lucky enough to be interviewed by him and see his unique interview style first hand. He was a deeply thoughtful, intelligent, kind man... Sending love to his family & all of his many fans. (sic)" 

"I'm so sad to learn about Larry King's passing," Celine Dion tweeted. "He was such a kind gentleman, and he made all of us feel as though we were speaking with a lifelong friend. There will never be anyone like him, and he will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends."

— BANG

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