Larry King’s Flack Says Cable Host May Soon Be Product Pitchman

Earlier this week, CNN’s Larry King announced that he was planning on retiring from his nightly broadcast later this year. King made clear his intentions to continue to be part of the CNN family, with plans of “hosting several specials on major national and international subjects.” But according to a report in today’s NY Post, King might also be considering a new career move: product pitchman.

King’s announcement did not come as much surprise to many cable news insider’s, but has still caused endless speculation as to who would replace him at the 9pm slot. Names that have surfaced most frequently include rumored front-runner Piers Morgan, a judge on America’s Got Talent , and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest (who King has publicly stated has his first choice as replacement.)

But other than the soft comment of “hosting future specials” few have speculated what Larry King’s future might be like once he “hangs up the suspenders’ and leaves his nightly show. That is, until today. Writing for the NY Post, Michael Shain reports:

According to his spokesman, King is now eligible to become a pitchman on TV and radio — making more money than he ever did as a cable talk-show star.

“I don’t think his arrangement with CNN would prohibit that,” said p.r. guru Howard Rubenstein, who represents King.

“He could be the spokesman on television for any product.

“I could see billboards going up all over and with his picture on it saying, ‘Buy so-and-so,’” said Rubenstein.

King will be careful about what products he endorses, Rubenstein cautioned.

“He doesn’t want to lose his credibility,” he said. “It has to be real.”

“Losing that talk show may be the best thing that ever happened to him — financially,” said one agent who is not connected to King.

Additionally, Mike Fleming reports for Deadline that “Just before he announced his exit, King closed a deal to become a financial partner in The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company.” Fleming continued, “King will lend his name and his stature to an expansion effort that will bring an eatery to Beverly Hills, and franchises could spring up around the country.”

So in an odd twist, if these reports are true, even though he will be stepping away from his iconic microphone, America might end up seeing a lot more of Larry King.

NYP: Eliot Spitzer Using CNN As Launching Pad For 2013 Mayoral Run

The New York Post is determined to get Eliot Spitzer back into office come hell or cable host job. Today’s latest effort comes via Page Six, which reports that “Just because Eliot Spitzer will co-host a primetime show on CNN doesn’t mean he’s given up his dream of a political comeback.”

At least the Post hasn’t given up on their dream. They continue:

“He thinks that after he’s on air a few months, he’ll become a familiar face and the scandal will fade away,” said an insider. But upstate voters are less forgiving, and Spitzer knows he can’t win a statewide office. “His plan is to run for mayor when Mike Bloomberg’s third term ends in 2013.”

Never say never. Truth be told, even considering the recent CNN news, Eliot Spitzer as mayor of NYC somehow manages to sound more believable than Eliot Spitzer as CNN 8pm co-host.

Shocker: Larry King’s Announcement Show Rates Well With Older Viewers Only

Cable news ratings, June 29, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Larry King’s announcement that he was ending his CNN show, and the subsequent series of surprise call-in guests, brought the program above average total viewers, but still 4th place in the A25-54 demographic. It was better than Monday in both categories, and it was significantly ahead of June’s average in total viewers. The show did better in the demo during the MidnightET repeat, with 197,000 viewers.

• The top non-FNC show, for the second day in a row, was Rachel Maddow’s 9pmET MSNBC show. She had the only non-FNC show with more than one million total viewers.

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm

Beck

474

Blitzer

133

 

Matthews

100

Showbiz

70

6 pm

Baier

346

Blitzer

91

 

Ed Show

109

Prime

116

7 pm

Shep

349

King, USA

95

Matthews

134

Issues

1171

8 pm

O’Reilly

766

Brown

79

Olbermann

244

Grace

249

9 pm

Hannity

622

King

149

Maddow

290

Behar

155

10 pm

Greta

509

Cooper

208

Olbermann

208

Grace

219

11 pm

O’Reilly

444

Cooper

201

Maddow

151

Showbiz

159

TOTAL DAY 298 121 118 141
PRIME TIME 632 145 247 206
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm

Beck

1912

Blitzer

586

Matthews

552

Showbiz

176

6 pm

Baier

1926

Blitzer

404

Ed Show

579

Prime

263

7 pm

Shep

1482

King, USA

361

Matthews

560

Issues

470

8 pm

O’Reilly

2894

Brown

392

Olbermann

937

Grace

833

9 pm

Hannity

2315

King

949

Maddow

1077

Behar

592

10 pm

Greta

1934

Cooper

706

Olbermann

589

Grace

492

11 pm

O’Reilly

1363

Cooper

478

Maddow

480

Showbiz

314

TOTAL DAY 1140 396 432 330
PRIME TIME 2381 682 868 628
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Police To Reopen Al Gore Sexual Harassment Investigation

Portland Oregon law enforcement authorities announced tonight that they are reopening the investigation into claims that former Vice President Al Gore sexually harassed a massage therapist in 2006. The decision comes in light of new discoveries by the National Enquirer including the discovery of stained pants.

While police did not say why they reopened the case, CNN reports they released an official statement confirming their decision:

“The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to reopen the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Mr. Al Gore,” Detective Mary Wheat said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time.”

A renewed investigation “will only benefit Mr. Gore,” said Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for the former vice president.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin commented on AC360 just now that, while the development is “not good for Al Gore,” it is strange that the police department “only released her statement,” and no “corroborating evidence, other witnesses, DNA evidence” instead.

The CNN report below:

The Situation Room Sees Double With Suzanne Malveaux And Her Twin Sister

No, that’s not a CNN Hologram, and Jack Cafferty doesn’t need his glasses. Today, filling in for host Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux discussed the developments in Elena Kagan’s Congressional hearings with Catholic University Columbia Law School professor Suzette Malveaux– her twin sister.

Prof. Malveaux discussed the implications of Kagan’s answers to various questions during her hearings and her chances of getting hired, as well as noting the fact that Kagan seemed to be playing it somewhat safe, and, as for public reception to the answers, well, most Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court justice. At the conclusion of the segment, Suzanne Malveaux asks her sister to sub for her tomorrow, hoping no one will notice.

But by far the best part of the clip is Jack Cafferty, who seems genuinely confused when informed that he got two Malveauxs for the price of one today.

Video below:

CNN Pres. On Olbermann’s Claim That Larry King Wanted Him Hired: “It Didn’t Work”

Larry King is moving on.

The CNN host announced last night he’s ending his 25-year show in the fall. His boss, CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein told Mediaite “to be able to pull together and get out on air in a classy, optimistic way, blew me away.” We talked to Klein about what happens next for King (and Anderson Cooper, and John King), the new Spitzer/Parker show and more.

Mediaite: In your statement last night you said “Larry is a beloved member of the CNN family and he will continue to contribute to our air with periodic specials.” Can you describe what King means to CNN but also, what you expect his new role to look like?

Klein: Larry has meaning of course to CNN but really the entire TV industry. Larry lured tens of millions of Americans over to cable. There really wasn’t a compelling reason to watch those weird channels until Larry came along. That’s his place in media history. That of course helped put CNN on the map. Ted Turner says news is the star, but in fact Larry King was the star. He will continue doing specials, and his mind is racing with possibilities. At lunch yesterday it was so much fun to see him brainstorming, blue-skying about the next phase. So with the announcement behind him, he and Wendy Walker will focus on developing specials, thinking about what the scope will be, what the style will be. They’ve got a lot of initial thoughts to really wrap their arms around in the coming months.

Mediaite: Last night Keith Olbermann tweeted: “Larry King is a lovely, generous man who tried, for eight years, to convince his bosses to hire me to be his 8 PM lead-in at CNN.” Is this true?

Klein: Well it didn’t work.

Mediaite: But is it true?

Klein: Larry’s got a million ideas a day.

“To suggest all our marbles are in one particular show, one schedule, one lineup is not the way the world works especially in a 24-hour news operation.”

Mediaite: It feels like when fall comes, with Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker’s new show and whatever is put at 9pm, this will be a majorly revamped prime time. Do you have the feeling this is do or die, in the sense the stakes are particularly high?

Klein: Have you noticed every fall, every network has a new lineup? Is it ever do or die? Of course not. It’s an ongoing evolution process, and we have high expectations of all these new initiatives we’re planning. To suggest all our marbles are in one particular show, one schedule, one lineup is not the way the world works especially in a 24-hour news operation where we’re judged minute by minute on how well we’re covering what’s going on in the world.

Mediaite: If, and I know it’s a big if, Piers Morgan is named host of the 9pm hour on CNN, it would mean all the leaks and speculation, Spitzer/Parker and now Morgan, was correct. Does that concern you, that there are leaks coming out of CNN regarding these major staffing decisions?

Klein: It’s such a big “if” it’s not worth talking about.

Mediaite: But the leaks about Spitzer and Parker turned out to be true.

Klein: It’s a big organization with a lot of moving parts. People can speculate away. Usually the people who don’t know are who are doing the speculating. It’s a reflection on the place CNN holds in pop culture. A lot of people care what we’re doing.

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