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Larry King nepotism alert: A new king on the TV throne

Larry King

I find many things in the modern world scary, from Sarah Palin to Taylor Swift to Michael Bay. I actually had a fever-induced nightmare the other night in which I'd gone to the premiere of "Avatar" and instead found myself surrounded by screaming 7-year-olds at a screening of "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel." But here's something really frightening: Larry King's son is going to have his own talk show.

Yikes! As first reported by TMZ, Chance King, the cherubic 10-year-old son of the much-married CNN host, has landed his own TV gig hosting an upcoming sports show on Fox Sports Net. Called "Kid Pitch," the show will feature kids Chance's age yakking about baseball, along with interviews with major league players. Presumably, Chance will be asking Manny Ramirez the same kind of tough, probing questions his dad asks all of the world leaders and third-rate celebrities that show up plugging their new projects on "Larry King Live."

The good news is that Chance, as you can see from the TMZ photo, is a lot cuter than his dad. The bad news? If the show is a hit, I suspect it will only be a matter of time before Chance follows in his dad's footsteps and starts blurbing Hollywood movies. He might even watch them all the way through without taking phone calls in the middle of the screening, as his dad is famous for doing. If we start seeing Chance's name atop movie ads (" 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel' is more hysterically funny
than my fifth-grade science teacher!" -- Chance King), we'll know that in the King clan, good movie blurbs run thicker than blood.

Photo: Larry King. Credit: Associated Press

 
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