Fox Nation host Nancy Grace Mourns the death of her teacher and her friend Larry King In an interview with Fox News Saturday, she reminds him of saying “There has never been anyone like him and there will never be anyone like him from now on.”
Longtime CNN service provider and an icon in the news industry, King passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday, in Los Angeles, California.
The broadcast legend has long become a household name due to its interviewing style and ability to have seemingly meaningful conversations with celebrities, world leaders, and ordinary people.
“He had such a relationship with people,” Grace recalled. “I don’t know if anyone can live up to their interviewing style – he’s set the standard for many, many other people.”
And she continued, saying, “He wanted to come up with a clean record in his mind and to ask questions of the interviewee from the top of his head, questions like – Anyone who met this person on the street wants to know.”
Grace attributes her career in part to her relationship with King, whom she first met in 1997 after she was asked to come on his show, after launching the legal commentary program “Cochran & Grace”.
Grace went on to appear again on Larry King Show for years before landing her own decade-long show in 2005, “Nancy Grace” on HLN, owned by CNN.
“Without Larry’s help, my career might not have been possible,” Grace told Fox News on Saturday. “For a girl who grew up on a red dirt road in central Georgia, just meeting Larry King, let alone getting his support to launch my own show, was just unimaginable.”
She said, “I tried to tell him over the years how much I appreciated him, but I didn’t know I had the words to tell him how much he meant to me.”
I remembered Grace King as a “real” person, whose character appeared on and off camera.
“He was very generous to the people he knew, the people he didn’t know, the waiter, the waitress – he was that way for everyone. The same way he was on air when he was meeting people, the way he spoke to people in real life.”
“In a world where it was all about the audio piece, Larry wasn’t like that. He wanted to hear the whole story, and I learned that from him,” she continued.
King was a journalistic icon not only in the sheer number of interviews he gave, including every US president sitting from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama, but his informal style that enabled the interviewee to open up.
Kings’ question-and-answer approach changed the concept of newspaper interviews, by allowing the interviewee to be a topic of interest, rather than the host – a style Grace says is lost in the media today.
She added, “In our TV culture now, he’s the one who speaks louder. It wasn’t like that on Larry King Show at all, everyone said their word,” noting that he was sitting three feet from the interviewee and looking directly into the eyes. The entire interview, “He was really listening.”
“I have a horrific and horrific habit of getting excited during an interview or Q&A and jumping here,” Grace told Fox News with a laugh. “Larry hated it, and he was right.”
“Because he wanted to hear every last word that anyone should say and he didn’t want me to cut anyone off, so I had to try to stop myself,” she recalls, fondly.
“He was a great man.”
Grace is set to launch a tribute to King on Fox Nation Monday, who will look at King’s life through the lens of his former friends and colleagues who worked on his show.