Revered U.S. newsman Larry King shed a tear as he hung up his braces and stepped down from his renowned CNN talk show after 25 years on Thursday (16Dec10).
The 77 year old announced he was leaving his weeknight show in the summer (10) and his finale was one to remember with America's former president Bill Clinton and current leader Barack Obama both appearing via videolink to congratulate King on his work.
He was also joined in the studio by actor-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proclaimed Thursday 'Larry King Day'.
King's final show was bought to a close by crooner Tony Bennett who sang classic The Best Is Yet To Come on a live link from Louisiana.
As he said goodbye to his viewers, a teary King said, "It's not very often in my life I've been lost for words. I want to thank everybody associated with this programme, everybody that makes it possible - even the suits at the top.
"When I started out 25 years ago in a little studio in Washington DC I never thought it would last as long as this."
King will be replaced by America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan.