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TV legend Former Miss Ireland Emma Waldron pays tribute to 'second dad' CNN host Larry King

Larry King, famous for anchoring CNN talk shows, died at the age of 87 at the weekend from Covid-related illness.

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Emma Waldron

Emma Waldron

Emma Waldron

FORMER Miss Ireland Emma Waldron has paid tribute to late broadcaster Larry King, describing him as being like a ‘second dad’.

The New York based beauty worked with the CNN legend on a TV show five years ago, called Collectors Cafe, which King came out of retirement to front.

Larry, famous for anchoring CNN talk shows, died at the age of 87 at the weekend from Covid-related illness.

“I’m so honoured to have met and worked with Larry,” Emma tells the Sunday World, “He was extremely kind to me and his humour reminded me of home.”

The 31-year-old primary school teacher moved to New York in 2015 to follow her dream of becoming a presenter - and spent time working in an Irish bar in the city while she tried to get TV work..

All her hard work has paid off when she landed a presenting role on Collectors Café, a show which revolved around interviews with celebrities and the items they collect on the History channel.

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Guests at the funeral of US chat show host Larry King wore braces in tribute to the late talk show veteran, his wife said (Jae C Hong/AP)

Guests at the funeral of US chat show host Larry King wore braces in tribute to the late talk show veteran, his wife said (Jae C Hong/AP)

Guests at the funeral of US chat show host Larry King wore braces in tribute to the late talk show veteran, his wife said (Jae C Hong/AP)

Asked how she landed the gig, she said, "I happened to become friends with a producer and he thought I'd be good at it. And, lo and behold, I did some auditions and they liked me.

"I would chat the legs off a donkey. I'd talk to anybody. I don't know how it happens. Luck I suppose - right place, right time."

Emma who won Miss Ireland in 2010, worked at an Irish bar, Pier A, at night and had meetings about her tech company, and modelling shoots and castings during the day, before getting the TV job.

The Kildare woman said Larry had several attributes which endeared him to her.

“He inspired people to tell their stories and was a huge influence on me starting Wilde,” she told Sunday World referencing the company she recently started.

“I am so inspired by his remarkable career and his ability to find a way to connect with every human he interviewed, whether it was a President of a country or an Irish girl trying her hand at presenting for the first time.”

She added: “His interviews are timeless and I continue to watch them after all these years, a true testament to his skill. He will be missed.”

Wilde is a website which rates representation and inclusion of women and minorities in movies and television.

Emma recently denied rumours that she and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt were ever an item, but confirmed she was seeing a man called Reese, whom she met at the beginning of the pandemic.

“He’s been such a fantastic source of joy and comfort and support,” she gushed.

”‘He’s just been incredible.”

She missed coming home at Christmas, which was her first time to stay in America over the festive period in six years.

“The trip back is something I look forward to every year. I think when you live away, it becomes a pillar and it’s something that you crave and you look forward to,” she said.

“When you live away, you go through so many, challenges, triumphs, joys, ups and down, highs and lows like everyone else - but you don’t really have that support system where you can run home, grab a cuppa and have the chats.

‘When you’re living away, you look forward to that moment of reset.

"Coming home, being around the people who have known you from the time you were born; you really treasure those moments and it really energises you.

"It gives you that feeling of; ‘Ok, no matter what happens, you have your family here and you’ve got a home to come home to.'

"You’re loved, regardless of what you do or don’t do, achieve or don’t achieve.”

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