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Piers Morgan and Larry King pose in an undated photo posted on CNN.com on Sept. 8, 2010. - Provided courtesy of Photo courtesy of Mathieu Young / CNN.com

'Larry King Live' ends on Thursday after 25 years, will host Donald Trump

12/17/2010 by Corinne Heller

Larry King's CNN talk show "Larry King Live" will broadcast its final program on Thursday after 25 years on the air and will be replaced by British host Piers Morgan's new talk series in January.

King, 77, said in June he planned to end his run as the host of "Larry King Live" in order to spend more time with his family but said he would still host specials for CNN.

King currently ranks third in his time slot behind Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, the Associated Press said, adding that "Larry King Live" drew about 700,000 viewers in 2010, down from an average of 1.64 nightly viewers in 1998, the show's peak year.

King has interviewed major celebrities and international leaders, such as U.S. President Barak Obama, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, singer Barbra Streisand and real estate mogul and reality star Donald Trump, who is set to appear on Thursday's finale along with several other .

"Thanks so much Larry," Streisand said on her Twitter page late on Wednesday, to which King responded: "Ah, The way we were... Thank YOU Barbra."

King has also been parodied often by late-night talk show hosts, such as David Letterman, and on television shows, such as the animated series "South Park", due to his casual interview style and appearance, namely his suspenders and thick glasses.

Morgan, a 45-year-old British television show host, former tabloid newspaper editor and judge on NBC reality series "America's Got Talent", was named as King's replacement in September. He said at the time that he considered King to be "the greatest TV interviewer of them all" and that his show would be a "candid, in-depth newsmaker interview program."

Morgan said earlier this month that Madonna is banned from his new CNN show.

He made his remarks to the UK newspaper The Daily Express at a recent party in London to celebrate his new CNN job. A source close to Morgan confirmed his comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com.

"She is so boring," the publication quoted Morgan as saying. "She is too vegan for TV. We have Lady Gaga now so Madonna is banned from my show."

Madonna, 52, is one of the world's most successful pop stars who was named No. 5 on Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest-earning women earlier this year.

"Madonna is not a vegan and I don't see boring as a word to describe her," Madonna's spokesperson had told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "As far as her being banned from Piers' new show, we can only hope and pray Madonna can survive such a terrible blow to her career."

Morgan has said that the people he would like to interview on his new show include President Barack Obama, actors Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan or "whoever is in the news who is relevant and current."

Gibson has made international headlines due to an ugly custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, which spurred the leak of what is said to be a racist, sexist and explicit phone conversation between the two. Lohan has been in and out of jail over the past year over 2007 drunken driving and drug possession charges.

Take a look at some of Larry King's finest moments on CNN:

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