'We learned English watching him' – Chinese netizens mourn US TV host Larry King
Published: Jan 25, 2021 02:58 PM

Conan O'Brien (right) talks with Larry King on TBS' Conan in 2011. Photo:IC

"Larry King's 'keep your question short and listen' inspired a lot of Chinese news anchors," wrote Lao Chunyan, a renowned Chinese host on Weibo, among millions of Chinese mourning sudden passing of the US host

The death of US famed TV host Larry King saddened numerous Chinese netizens, who mourned him on social media on Sunday following the news of his death. The hashtag for the news of his passing earned more than 130 million views in just a few hours.

King passed away at 87 years old from COVID-19 complications, RT reported on Saturday.

Many Chinese netizens mourned the US host on Sina Weibo. Lao Chunyan, a well-known host for China Central Television and a peer of King's, talked about how she was inspired by him.

"His sentence 'keep your question short and listen' inspired me a lot during my career. Being a host of a talk show, you don't need to talk a lot. Listening is more important than speaking," she wrote on Sina Weibo.

Some netizens mentioned that because of King's clear pronunciation, they used to listen to his programs like the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN to learn how to speak better English.

"I like his hosting style and he always was able to arouse guests' interest in talking. King made me understand the charm of being a program host," Xiao Fen, who majored in English in college, told the Global Times on Sunday, recalling how she used to watch King's program after class.

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