Larry King has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few weeks. First reports of the attempted suicide of his wife Shawn and then the news that CNN is in talks with Piers Morgan of America's Got Talent, to replace him.
First the latest developments in the Shawn King story: Reuters is reporting:
"The wife of TV personality Larry King attempted suicide late last month in Utah by overdosing on prescription drugs as she battled depression, according to a police report made public on Thursday.
The report, which was posted at celebrity news website TMZ.com, describes an officer with the Provo, Utah police, entering 50 year-old Shawn King's residence on May 2, going to a bedroom where paramedics were treating her and seeing "multiple pill bottles, all of which were empty on the bed."
The report noted "scriptures, a purse, other various books" and a letter "which appeared to be a note left by the victim.
"It is unknown whose writing this letter was in, however wording on the letter led me to believe that (King) had intentionally taken the quantity of pills," the officer wrote in the report, which is labeled "attempted suicide."
Labels on the bottles indicated multiple drugs including Ambien, Klonopin and Clonazepam, and many of them were empty, according to the report.
One witness told police that Shawn King "is always depressed, but she had not mentioned anything that she would want to hurt herself or take her own life."
As unconfirmed reports of the drug overdose began surfacing in the media on Wednesday, CNN talk show host Larry King issued a statement in response to the news stories of an apparent drug overdose, but the broadcaster did not direct confirming it. "
On the story of LK being replaced by Morgan this from the LA Times:
"Despite several reports that CNN is poised to sign a deal with “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan to replace Larry King, people inside the network said there is no rush to pick a successor to King, who has another year left on his contract.
Rather, executives remain intently focused on developing a new show for the 8 p.m. ET time slot now that anchor Campbell Brown has decided to leave the network. CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein is strongly considering a political point-counterpoint show in the vein of “Crossfire,” which he canceled shortly after joining the network. Among those being evaluated as possible panelists are former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
“Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of people who would love to succeed Larry King if and when he moves on, but rumors that we are close to signing a deal for a Larry King replacement are untrue,” said a CNN spokeswoman. “We are currently looking at replacing our 8 p.m. program and that is our priority. Larry is a beloved member of the team, and he will continue to be part of the CNN family into the future.”