SpongeBob Squarepants is everybody’s favorite undersea fry cook. The Krusty Krab couldn’t do without him. Apparently, Larry King thinks he could do a lot to help out 24-hour news network CNN, too.
King should know. He spent 25 years on CNN hosting Larry King Live, one of the network’s most popular programs. King has admitted to having mixed feelings about leaving the network in 2012. According to a Washington Times report, King told the Huffington Post, “I miss it when there’s big stories, but on a day-to-day basis, I don’t,” claiming he knew “it was time to hang it up.”
These days, King hosts “Larry King Now” and “Politics with Larry King” on Ora TV, a network he co-founded in March 2012.
This January was CNN’s third-worst ranking month in terms of viewership. The network is being left in the dust by Fox News and MSNBC.
Larry King has criticized CNN before. He has especially singled out Piers Morgan’s show, saying that Morgan spends too much time talking and making the show about himself. According to the New York Post, King suggested that guests should do most of the talking. King said of the show:
“It’s too much about him. I always tried to leave myself out of interviews. It’s not the kind of show that I enjoy. When you turn on a show, the guest should be talking 90 percent of the time.”
Of his former network, King said, “CNN’s got problems because in today’s world all of them have problems. I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
He wasn’t completely without suggestions, though. The 80-year old talk show host suggested that airing cartoons all day, every day might be a solution to the network’s rating woes. King suggested that CNN could play back to back episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants, breaking the children’s programming for breaking news.
According to Newsmax, Larry King said, “Put ‘Spongebob’ on CNN – 24 hours – until a big story breaks. Then we break into ‘Spongebob,’ and go to the hurricane, and then back to ‘Spongebob.'”
As of the time of this writing, SpongeBob Squarepants couldn’t be reached for comment regarding his interest in a working relationship with the struggling news network.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments below. Would CNN – or any of the major news networks – do better if they put on something more entertaining between breaking news stories? Would you be more or less inclined to tune in if SpongeBob Squarepants replaced filler news stories between breaking news?