King, 86, was the one to pull the plug on his marriage and filed for divorce five months ago in August 2019.
“The age difference eventually takes its toll,” he told People of his August 2019 divorce. “Also my wife is a very religious Mormon, and I’m an agnostic atheist, so that causes little problems.”
He added, “We overcame a lot, but it just hit a point where we didn’t get along.”
A source close to the family told RadarOnline.com the TV star’s kids were not close to his 59-year-old wife, and just pray the ailing King is able to live his final days without her.
“Let’s just hope he gets divorced before he dies,” said the insider about the separation four months after the host’s sudden heart surgery. “Everyone will be very happy if he actually leaves her and comes through this alive.”
King suffered a near-fatal stroke earlier last year — in May.
“It’s been a rough year,” King added, just weeks after heart surgery to place a stent. “And I don’t have any idea of what 2020 is going to be like. But I can still work and I can watch my kids grow up. I feel positive — and hopeful.”
He previously filed for divorce from his wife in 2010, but withdrew the petition after the pair reconciled.
“I have less of a fear of dying now,” the father of five admitted. “I’m 86 and it is what it is. I just want to keep working until the end. I’d like to die at work — I’ll retire right there!”