However, King will stay on at CNN part time, and would host an undetermined number of specials “on major national and international subjects." Asked by his guest Bill Maher on his Tuesday night show about the speculation in the media, Mr. King said “that had nothing to do with it."
King said that he approached CNN management about the change and they 'graciously accepted'. “With this chapter closing, I"m looking forward to the future and what my next chapter will bring, but for now it"s time to hang up my nightly suspenders," the New York Times new quoted him as saying in the blog post.
He also said that, the show was recently recognized by the Guinness World Records as being the longest-running show with the same host in the same time slot since it started in 1985. Apparently, King is expected to announce a new 9 p.m. program over the summer.