Larry King leaves Live

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Larry King and his wife Shawn Southwick

Larry King and his wife Shawn Southwick

Veteran TV chat show host Larry King has announced he will be leaving his show, 'Larry King Live', this autumn to spend time with his family.

Larry King has quit his chat show after 25 years.

The veteran talk show host announced his decision to leave the evening show - which has suffered from a recent drop in ratings - so he can spend more time with his family.

The 76-year-old star filed for divorce from his seventh wife Shawn Southwick earlier this year, but they've since reunited and got back together.

Writing on his blog, Larry confirmed he would be leaving in the autumn.

He said: "I talked to the guys here at CNN and I told them I would like to end 'Larry King Live', the nightly show, this fall and CNN has graciously accepted, giving me more time for my wife and I to get to the kids' little league games."

Larry has presented 'Larry King Live' for the past 25 years, held more than 40, 000 interviews and even made it into the Guinness Book Of World Records for being the longest-running show with the same presenter in the same time slot.

Despite retiring from his daily show, Larry plans to still be involved with the network.

He continued in his official blog: "I'll still be a part of the CNN family, hosting several Larry King specials on major national and international subjects."

It's believed that former journalist and 'Britain's Got Talent' judge, Piers Morgan is being lined up to fill Larry's shoes.

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