Just in from the Friars Club:

Larry King, 80, named president of elite club

Credit: AP

… Peabody Award-winning radio, television and internet show host Larry King has been appointed as the new Dean of the Friars Club, taking over for Freddie Roman. As Dean, which is also known as the President of the club, King will work closely with the Friars Club’s Abbot Jerry Lewis, overseeing the Board of Governors on all matters surrounding the “Monastery,” including participating in the famous Roasts and dinners, as well as other events happening in and around the Club, for the next two years. The appointment will be made official at a special ceremony at the Friars Club.

“I’ve been a Friar for many years and at one time served as Abbot of the Friars of Beverly Hills. I am honored to be asked to be Dean of the Friars,” said Larry King. He continued: “I grew up in Brooklyn, so this is like coming home. It’s a great group with an important foundation that serves in many areas. So now — I’m Dean!”

The Friars Club is an elite club headquartered in New York City. Membership consists mainly of comedians and celebrities, such as late-night host Jimmy Fallon, “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and actress Barbra Streisand.