Larry King receives touching tribute from Conan O’Brien

Larry King (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Larry King (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images) /

Legendary television and radio host Larry King passed away on Jan. 23 at the age of 87. He spent over 60 years in the industry, conducting tens of thousands of interviews and cementing himself as one of the greatest broadcasters of all time.

King’s death resulted in an outpour of tributes from throughout the worlds of entertainment, politics, and journalism. Each was a testament to King’s talents behind the microphone and to his character.

With that kind of career longevity, it’s no surprise that King crossed paths with late night television personalities a number of times. He appeared as an interview guest, interviewed late night hosts, and performed in countless bits and sketches over the years.

But King’s true late night home was undoubtedly Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Year after year, sketch after sketch, and interview after interview demonstrated how King’s sense of humor and playfulness perfectly synched with that of O’Brien. It continued as O’Brien moved to TBS and launched Conan and King remained one of the show’s most entertaining guests.

Monday night gave O’Brien the chance to share more of his thoughts about Larry King and his passing. Hear from the comedian below before he introduces a package of some of King’s best moments on the show.

Conan O’Brien recalls how his original Late Night show became a comedy haven for Larry King. The serious journalist could try out jokes and show off his silly side next to O’Brien and Andy Richter, showing audiences a different side of the man they watched interview the biggest newsmakers in the world on CNN.

The highlights following O’Brien’s tribute prove his point that King was up for anything. Auditioning to play Wolverine, “The Year 2000,” and doing his show from the rafters were just some of the bits King went along with and clearly enjoyed doing.

Larry King received tributes from other late night television hosts

Conan O’Brien wasn’t the only late night television host who had a relationship with Larry King. Other comedians shared their thoughts on social media over the weekend after hearing about King’s passing.

Related Story. Conan O'Brien ending late night show for HBO Max project. light

What is your favorite moment between Larry King and Conan O’Brien? Let us know in the comment section below.