Larry King Joining Russian TV Network RT

AP

Veteran TV host Larry King has joined Russian-based TV network Russia Today (RT).

“Politics with Larry King” will debut on RT next month, in addition to King’s “Larry King Now,” originally launched on Hulu last year. The shows will be recorded in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

“I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country,” King, 79, said in a network news release. “I have interviewed every U.S. president since Nixon, and lest people forget, I helped usher Ross Perot into the national conversation during the 1992 presidential contest. I appreciate the importance of providing a platform to those with real alternative visions for our country’s future.”

Russia Today — which is regularly panned as propaganda –  is funded by the Russian government and broadcasts in more than 100 countries.

“Whether a president or an activist or a rock star was sitting across from him, Larry King never shied away from asking the tough questions, which makes him a terrific fit for our network,” RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan said.

King spent 25 years as the host of “Larry King Live” on CNN before leaving the network in 2010 and being replaced by Piers Morgan.

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