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President Obama, Clinton say Larry King goodbye on final show

world Updated: Dec 17, 2010 21:32 IST

He may have decided to hang his boots after an iconic broadcasting career that lasted 25-years but CNN host Larry King says he is not retiring.

The last day of Larry King Live on CNN on Thursday saw the 77-year-old broadcaster getting a warm send off by not one but two US presidents as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton joined in to pay their tribute to King.

"You're not going to see me go away," King, who was also joined by his wife and two sons on the final show told the audience.

In a message recorded at the White House, President Obama told viewers: "I want to join all of you in congratulating Larry King."

While Clinton, a regular on the show, said: "Thank you for the years, you were great."

A slew of other personalities from different walks of life joined Obama, Clinton and California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to honour the outgoing host.

TV personalities including Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and Brian Williams appeared in CNN's New York studio to support King, who ended his 25-year run last night that saw him interviewing 50,000 people in more than 6,000 episodes.

An emotional King thanked his audience for watching and promised not to stay out of the spotlight.

"I'm going to go on and do a lot of other things," King said, adding that he will do some shows on CNN on and off.

"When I started out 25 years ago in a little studio in Washington DC I never thought it would last as long as this.

"You're not going to see me go away, but you're not going to see me on this set anymore...I don't know what to say except to you, my audience, thank you, and instead of goodbye, how about so long?" King said.

TV show host Piers Morgan will take over King's 9pm slot, which will start in January.