First on TVNewser: Former CNN 9 PM host Larry King will be returning to the interviewer’s chair this Thursday and Friday, as he switches roles with PBS host Tavis Smiley. King will interview Smiley for his eponymous PBS program, as Smiley prepares to celebrate 20 years in broadcasting.
It will be the first TV interview King has conducted since leaving his nightly perch at CNN, according to PBS, and it will be first time that Smiley has been interviewed on his own show. Smiley has filled in for King on occasion at CNN.
“Larry King was an inspiration for me when I started my own late-night talk show eight years ago,” said Smiley in a statement. “One of the highlights of my broadcast career was the opportunity to periodically guest host for Larry King on CNN. It is an honor to now have him interview me on my program. It will be two great nights of conversation as we reflect on our combined 70+ years of broadcasting experience.”