CNN host Larry King files for eighth divorce
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 12:49
Chicago: Noted CNN television interviewer Larry King has filed for divorce from his seventh wife, citing "irreconcilable differences" for the breakdown of the marriage.

76-year-old King filed papers in a Los Angeles court yesterday to end his marriage to singer and infomercial host Shawn Southwick King, who also filed her divorce papers the same day.

"His major concern is the welfare of his children, and beyond that he is not going to comment about the divorce," People magazine quoted King's spokesperson Howard Rubenstein as saying.

King's attorney Dennis Wasser added his client "would like to do (these proceedings) amicably".

Southwick was married three times before and was the seventh woman to marry King, who has so far had eight divorces.

King divorced a woman named Alene Akins in 1962 but remarried her in 1967 before divorcing her again in 1972.

In the divorce filing, the TV host is seeking shared custody of their two sons, Cannon (9) and Chance (11), besides asking the court to deny his wife, whom he married in 1997, any spousal support.

The separation date is listed as April 13.

Southwick King, 50, is seeking sole custody of the kids with visitation for King, plus spousal and child support.

She is also claiming much of the real estate as her separate property, including the Beverly Hills house she shared with King.

But in King's divorce filings, he has asked that any property transfers during the marriage be null and void.

It has been rumoured that the reason for the couple's split was an alleged affair between King and his wife's sister Shannon Engemann.

In addition to their two children, Southwick has a 28-year-old son Danny from a previous marriage.

One of the most prominent figures on US television, the bespectacled King has been hosting the nightly interview programme "Larry King Live" on CNN since 1985.


First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 12:49

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