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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In My Own Back Yard

posted by on June 24 at 12:29 PM


The Huffington Post reports that “talkmeister” Larry King’s “stunning TV-personality wife,” Shawn Southwick King, has allegedly gone into rehab for addiction to painkillers that have been prescribed for her migraines. King recently released a country album titled “In My Own Back Yard.”

Those who read my feature this week know that I wrote about seeing Larry King’s family in their natural habitat in, well, their own back yard:

King, as dry and shriveled as a gremlin, walks across the lawn and stands by the pool, next to his sixth wife and his two young sons, Chance and Cannon. He starts off, as all public speakers have been taught, with a joke. He mentions the age difference between him and his wife: King, who is 74, says that people ask him if the fact that his wife is only 48 worries him. Not at all, King says: “If she dies, she dies.” The crowd ripples with the kind of laughter that you get when you make a joke about your wife dying. One of the little boys gets a frightened look on his face. King puts a comforting hand on his son’s head and says, “I was just kidding. It was just a joke.”

It’s really weird, on a personal level, to read on a news site that a woman you’ve recently seen in a dysfunctional family interaction has gone into rehab.

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Watching that couple interact in any situation is some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen, like, ever.

Posted by bree | June 24, 2008 12:37 PM

She's married to larry king?! what a sad waste of space and polyester.

Posted by j | June 24, 2008 1:40 PM

See, this is why us 48 year-olds have so much trouble finding women our own age to date; those damned rich-and-famous 72 year-old geezers keep hittin' on 'em all the time.

Posted by COMTE | June 24, 2008 1:51 PM

That is a man.

Posted by Greg | June 24, 2008 2:27 PM

And now he's going to have that moment where the children who heard him joking about their mother's death will be nervously asking him why Mommy's in the hospital.

Posted by Chris Shaffer | June 24, 2008 3:02 PM

He later told his children that in the event their mommy dies, he'll marry another gorgeous green monster.

Posted by j | June 24, 2008 3:59 PM

Oh, come on, that was actually a funny joke.

Posted by w7ngman | June 24, 2008 5:51 PM

Gross - if I had to do an old pickle like Larry King, I'd be chewing Percocets like Pez, too.

Posted by Nicola Dread | June 24, 2008 6:34 PM

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