The View’ Star Meghan McCain’s Tribute to Larry King Thanked Him For ‘Opportunities’ When ‘No One Took Me Seriously’
Meghan McCain of The View frequently posts on social media to update her followers and share her views (no pun intended) on a variety of topics. The talk show host recently took to Instagram to express her gratitude for the late Larry King.
Larry King gave Meghan McCain a seat at his table
After King’s death was announced on Jan. 23, an outpouring of admiration for the renowned journalist flooded social media. Colleagues, celebrities, and friends paid tribute to the iconic news personality for his professionalism and kindness. McCain shared how King was one of the few who let her voice be heard when she was starting her television career.
“There are ‘friends’ in this industry, and then there are real friends for whom I can count on one hand,” The View star wrote on Instagram. “Larry was one of those people. From the beginning of my career when I first appeared on his show when I was 23 and no one took me seriously, he gave me a platform, opportunities, guidance, support and always treated me with the utmost respect. He did so throughout my entire career.”
McCain recalled the numerous times King invited her to his table on CNN, and how she had the honor of subbing for him when he needed a guest host on his show.
“When I lived in Los Angeles, I was on his show more times than I can count,” the ABC television personality remarked, “and had the privilege of filling in for him when he was on vacation and was part of his 2012 live election coverage.”
Meghan McCain praised personal and professional attributes of Larry King
The View co-host raved over King’s combined warmth and professionalism, and noted his commitment to solid journalism.
“He gave the best career advice, had the most acerbic sense of humor, was a constant gentleman and more innately curious about his subjects than any other interviewer I’ve ever seen,” McCain shared. “He loved his job, he loved people, he loved talking, he was incredibly generous with his time.”
King apparently liked to make his guests feel welcome, mingling with panelists off camera even after an interview concluded.
“He was old school,” McCain wrote. “One of the best parts of going on his show was that it was an entire experience – he would entertain us in the green room, have food and drinks and hang out long after taping was finished and share hilarious, colorful stories from his life in a way only men of his generation can.”
Larry King made an impact on television news
McCain clearly had a close bond with King and a true appreciation for his genuine good will throughout the years.
“I am grateful for the years of friendship and all of the stories you shared Larry,” McCain wrote in tribute to King. “You are an institution, a broadcast legend, will never be replaced and truly missed.”
The View star concluded her post noting the void the iconic journalist is leaving behind in television news.
“TV is less interesting without you,” she commented. “Prayers and light to the entire King family today.”