Ryan Seacrest to replace Larry King?


If Page Six is to be believed, “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is still the No.1 choice to replace Larry King in case he retires in 2011. However, Seacrest’s massive deal with Fox makes him too expensive for CNN.

Other possible replacements include CBS anchor Katie Couric, CNN’s John King and Joy Behar, who is launching her own interview show on the cable network’s Headline News.

Page Six’s source predicts the 75-year-old host “will step down in 18 months.” His spokesman, on the other hand, says “Larry has the full intention of continuing in the job he loves, and he’s very confident about the future,” while King himself adds, “Retire to what? If I didn’t work, I don’t know what I’d do. I’ll probably fall over right on the set one night.”