VT Massacre Impacts King-fest

50 YEARS AND HOLDING King with wife Shawn Southwick-King

Larry King has waited a half century for this moment, and it looks like he’ll have to wait a little longer. The CNN host and Ryan Seacrest booster was supposed to celebrate his 50th anniversary in broadcasting with a week of interview specials and a star-studded party at the Four Seasons tonight—until the shootings at Virginia Tech gave the network a new set of priorities.

King’s pretaped interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, and Bill Maher have been pushed ahead to as-yet-unspecified future dates to make room for live coverage of the tragedy. As for tonight’s party, it will go on as planned, minus Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Soledad O’Brien, Paula Zahn, and the other network talents now camped out in Blacksburg, Virginia. (CNN has roughly 100 employees on the scene.)

Other notables, including Tom Brokaw, Donald Trump, Tina Brown, and Ron Howard, are still expected to attend—even though King himself will have to duck out early to host his show.

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