How much is Larry King worth in retirement?

Post-CNN career advice for Larry King
Post-CNN career advice for Larry King

Larry King may be retiring from his CNN chat show, Larry King Live, but he isn't the retiring type, a former employee told WalletPop.

Without the nightly grind after 25 years and an estimated 50,000 interviews, King could easily earn his keep making speeches, doing satellite radio, and embracing new media, said Mitch Slater, a former associate producer for Mutual Radio's The Larry King Show (1978-94). Only this time King, known for being a great listener who's a little easy on his subjects, should do the talking.

"Larry loves to hold court," Slater said to WalletPop.

Slater had lunch with King a few months ago in Washington, D.C., and said he was as sharp as ever. The 76-year-old cable star could have a host of gigs to choose from that would keep his income flowing, Slater said, adding however, "He will probably never get as lucrative a contract as CNN unless he decides to get back into the daily fray and go with Fox or another network."