The 87-year-old iconic publisher died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement posted on Saturday on his verified Facebook account.
King hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN for 25 years – more than 30,000 interviews, including long, far-reaching and sometimes bizarre 1994 conversations from the home of the two-time Oscar winner Brando.
Brando, who did not give many interviews, was promoting his book “Songs Taught by My Mom”.
The interview ended with the two men singing “Got a Date with an Angel” and Brando pecking his lips at King.
Brando then said to King, “My dear, goodbye.”
Wendy Walker, then executive producer of the series, reluctantly recalled the moment on Saturday.
“The only time I got into trouble in my 32 years at CNN was when we interviewed Marlon Brando,” he said. “And we were doing this from his home because he was a recluse at the time and … it was the only way he did it.”
At the end of the 90-minute interview, Walker said that King and Brando clearly had a blast.
“They kissed on set – of course you remember that famous kiss. Oh my God, this is such an iconic TV moment.” Well … our lovable, loving boss Tom Johnson called me and said, “Why did you let them kiss?” Said. “He said, referring to then CNN head Tom Johnson.
“And I said, ‘I think I forgot to tell them if they’re having a really good time, they shouldn’t kiss at the end of the show.'”
Johnson smiled as he recalled Brando’s interview on CNN Saturday. “Larry King Live” was the only CNN show reported directly to the network chairman.
“It wasn’t just a light kiss. It was a full front kiss for the two,” he said.
On television, such an incident was rare: the same year, two men from MTV’s “The Real World: San Francisco” kissed at the first commitment ceremony broadcast on US television.
“And I just sat there … I was ready to go under the table. I got a lot of calls from time to time, but I knew I was going to take it then – as I did. Really, ‘Wendy, why? Why did you let this happen?’ “