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Sitting Pop Culture Shiva for Larry King

Larry King hangs up his suspenders. We tell you how to cope.

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TV host Larry King arrives at CNN's Larry King Live final broadcast party yesterday at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills.(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Last night, Larry King Live aired for the final time on CNN after 25 years and over 6,000 shows. Though the 77 year old and Bill Maher, who along with Ryan Seacrest officiated the episode, insisted that this “was not a funeral,” it kind of felt like one. Katie Couric read a poem (or eulogy?); Regis Philbin led us in a Sinatra song (a hymn?), The Best is Yet to Come; and major political leaders appeared (President Bill Clinton, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger), presiding over his departure as though he were a former head of state. Since Mr. King was born in Brooklyn and raised in a Jewishly observant family, it is only fitting for fans to sit pop culture shiva* for him.

What exactly does sitting pop culture shiva entail? Well, the first part is obvious – sitting. Since most pop culture products are consumed with as little movement as possible this step should be simple for most King’s viewers. Stay comfortable and right where you are. Watch more television or clips of the show on YouTube.

Then comes the food. Now, the neighbors probably won’t bring over assorted goodies since no actual death occurred. You’ll have to take care of this on your own. In order to not disturb the first step, make sure to get the food delivered.

Next comes the renting of the garments. I would advise against this since you are probably wearing your best sweats. Instead, sartorially honor the man by putting on a pair of suspenders to complete the look. Now don’t fret that this accessory will make you appear unattractive to the ladies. Larry wore them for most of his professional career and been married a total of 8 times to 7 different women.

And finally, cover all reflective surfaces. During a traditional shiva, this is meant to discourage vanity and encourage inner reflection, and it’s no different in this instance. After a week spent in sweats, ordering takeout, and wearing suspenders, you probably don’t want to look into the mirror.

Follow these steps and you’ll weather this loss just fine. And when you return to society, you’ll find that the King has actually risen. Yes, he will be hosting specials on CNN at least four times a year.

*The phrase “pop culture shiva” is the brilliant idea of Elizabeth Savage.

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Dvora Meyers says:

I just want to add that the talented and brilliant Elizabeth Savage coined the term “Pop culture shiva.”

dani levi says:

I have never, for a second, understood the appeal of this man. He has been a pop culture export of veneer thin La La land “interview” shows. He often showed his ignorance live in TV and never asked ONE friggin’ intelligent question ( where is the JEw in that? ). King personified the US’s way of wasting precious TV and life time on idle chit chat ( on a planetary basis ) with people no one cares about inside a retarded ( celebrity obsessed ) state of mind. Maybe SOMEONE here, can post an explanation about what made this man’s show interesting, apart from his face-lifted artificial boobed “blond” gold digger “wife” and his horrendous sense of fashion ( see photo ).
The best return he ever got was when he talked ( I refuse to use the term “interview” again ) to Jerry Seinfeld. King managed to insult Seinfeld and the interviewee was so incensed he actually had a hard time controlling his outrage live on TV. I guess it takes someone as powerful as Seinfeld to point out that the Emperor has no clothes.
F*** OFF Larry! I hope I never see your face again, or those ties and suspenders.

littlebadwolf says:

‘Jewishly observant’? Is that a definition of Larry King? Pheh! What kind of word is ‘Jewishly’ anyway?

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