New York: Larry King is eyeing a return to New York from LA in a bid to escape the public drama over his estranged relationship with wife Shawn Southwick, it has emerged.
"Larry says he`s had enough of LA, the paparazzi attention and the scrutiny over his marriage. When he comes to New York he can walk around and people don`t bother him . . . While he insists his marriage is still intact, that couldn`t be further from the truth. It`s a mess," The New York Post quoted a source, as saying.
King`s contract for his 9 p.m. chat show on CNN is up for renewal next May, and network bosses may not extend it in light of his falling ratings and accusations that he romanced his wife`s sister.
An insider said: "CNN has been a huge supporter of King and was going to let him sit in that chair for as long as he wanted. But things seem to have changed . . . he is in trouble."
However, King`s rep has rubbished all reports of the star telly host leaving LA.
"He is not leaving LA, he loves LA and his kids are deeply embedded there. As for his contract, CNN has assured him they want him to stay. On Thursday night, his show was pre-empted by a special, but he will be back on the air as usual tonight [Friday]," the spokesman said.
A CNN rep said: "Larry has been part of CNN`s past and will be part of CNN`s future," but declined to comment further, saying, "We never discuss contracts."