Larry King re-ups with CNN through 2011
The king of talk isn't going anywhere.
Larry King has extended his contract at CNN through 2011, one of his agents, John Ferriter, said today, confirming a report on the blog TV Newser.
"He's absolutely thrilled to continue to call CNN home," said Ferriter, who did the deal with fellow William Morris agent Jim Wiatt.
A CNN spokeswoman declined to comment other than to praise King as "the best there is" and someone who will "be here for a long time."
King's new deal means that the cable news channel isn't immediately in the market for a new host for its popular 6 p.m. PT interview program. In recent weeks, reports of Katie Couric's dissatisfaction at CBS News prompted rumors that she was considering jumping to CNN as King's replacement. But a source familiar with the situation said she never was in talks with CNN for the job.
— Matea Gold
Photo: Larry King attends the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in February in West Hollywood. (Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)