December 24th, 2010
09:28 AM ET
For all the critics who considered “Larry King Live's” interviews to be filled with “softball” questions, the former host begs to differ.
In an exclusive interview with "Reliable Sources’" Howard Kurtz, King fired back: “I didn't know what softball meant.” He added, “I asked good questions. I asked short questions. My questions didn't take three sentences. It always had a question mark at the end. A lot of questions [today] aren’t questions.”
King opened up on a wide range of topics about the 25 year run of “Larry King Live,” namely that, of course, not every moment was without confrontation.
When it comes to some of his more difficult guests, like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, King said, “I had it with Ahmadinejad….I had a rough time.
“Now, I don't know how much the audience learned in that wonderful bit of two minutes of television of people angry at each other. I mean it's interesting to see people angry at each other.”
King also said that even though his name was on the show, that didn’t mean he always got his way.
“You win some, you lose some” King said referring to editorial debates. And on seeing himself parodied on “Saturday Night Live,” King said, “You know it means you’re being recognized. It means you accomplished something.”
You can see the entire interview this Sunday on "Reliable Sources" at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST.
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