Larry King Retires 'Live' After Tonight's Episode
Surrounded by some of his favorite guests, Larry King signed off for the last time Thursday night. After 25 years, King hung up his suspenders and ended his iconic interview show, 'Larry King Live.'

Led by friend and protégé Ryan Seacrest, a star-studded collection of guests were on hand (or sent videos) thanking the legend for his years of service to journalism. Regis Philbin, Donald Trump, Phil McGraw, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Bill Maher and others stopped by the studio while former President Bill Clinton and Anderson Cooper said their special goodbyes via satellite. President Barack Obama sent his regards via pre-taped video.

Near the end of the show, King brought out his wife and two sons and was treated to a special performance by Tony Bennett. The show concluded with the talk show host sharing his final thoughts--and thanking his audience for watching him over the years.

Early last June, CNN celebrated 25 years of 'Larry King Live' with a week of shows whose A-list guests included President Obama, LeBron James, Bill Gates and Lady Gaga.

It was hyped to the hilt and suitably eventful, even as King and Gaga regarded each other with the bemusement of a human encountering an alien life form.

Then, at the end of June, King suddenly announced he was retiring from his show -- a weeknight fixture at 9PM EST since June 1, 1985. He told viewers, "It's time to hang up my nightly suspenders."