I watched Larry King's last show. But I am going to hold off on my thoughts. I have very mixed feelings about the way CNN has handled the end of King's run. And I am more interested in what you think.
I did a Thursday morning radio piece on King's farewell for WYPR-FM, Baltimore's NPR affiliate, and you can listen to it here. I stand by everything I said in it about it being time for King to step down. I also stand by my analysis of King as direct descendant of Walter Winchell and the era of the three-dot, show-biz columnist.
In that sense, King is remarkable for the magnitude of media change he has survived and mastered -- from print, to radio, to TV and cable TV. But he has not handled the digital one we are currently undergoing very well, and that is one big reason that it is time for him leave.
But what did you think about tonight's farewell show with Ryan Seacrest and Bill Maher riding shotgun as sort-of-co-hosts? And what about guests like Donald Trump, Dr. Phil and Regis Philbin?
And when there was a guest like Bill Clinton ... Well, let's just leave it there, as Wolf Blitzer says. I have more than enough people mad at me at various cable channels and network news operation because I wrote honestly about how poorly they have been performing lately. This one doesn't involve enough principle to get in a fight over it. The evening just simply felt awkward and sad.
You tell me what you made of this strange farewell show.