Why Larry King Can't Stop Laughing
With the ongoing presidential election mess nearing a resolution, talk show host Larry King
has one regret about his coverage of the too-close-to-call contest on CNN's Larry King Live
: He wishes he hadn't taken the whole thing so darn seriously.
"We keep booking [Politically Incorrect host] Bill Maher every week for the past four weeks, [but] we keep changing him because the producers feel that there is nothing about this that lends itself to humor," a baffled King tells TV Guide Online. "I have the greatest producers, but to me, it's one of the dumbest things I ever heard, because the whole thing is humorous."
As King explains, all you have to do is watch media misfits George W. Bush or Al Gore appear in front of a camera to understand just how funny the unprecedented turn-of-events truly is. "Let's start with Gore," he says. "I like him a lot, and he is a funny guy he's easy to be around. [But] something happens to him when he gets in a crowd or on camera."
And what about his opponent? "Bush is better on TV than Gore, but not by a lot. He's the more likable on the air," King suggests, adding, "I've known them both for a long time, and I have an affinity for both of them. Nice two people, but as politicians, they are nowhere near [Bill] Clinton.
"Clinton is the best politician we've ever had," continues King, whose out with a new book, Anything Goes!: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians and Presidents. "He took the worst thing that could happen to a guy and still finished with a high rating. That's unbelievable."