Larry King files for divorce # 8 from wife number 7

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Veteran television interviewer Larry King filed for divorce from his seventh wife on Wednesday, but it is his eighth divorce.

Although Shawn Southwick is King’s seventh wife, it is the eighth time the septuagenarian television personality has filed for a divorce. He was twice married and divorced to Alene Akins, with whom he split in 1972.

The couple cited “irreconcilable differences” for the breakdown of the 13-year marriage.

A spokesman for King, 76, told AFP the wiry CNN icon would not be commenting on his split from Southwick, 50, citing concerns for the welfare of the couple’s two children.

An attorney for King said the interviewer was hoping for an “amicable” divorce. “It’s a very sad day in Larry’s life and he hopes the divorce will be amicable,” lawyer Susan Carter told the entertainment website. “Larry loves his children very much and will be an integral part of their lives.”

News of the split created a media scrum at the Sunset Boulevard office block in Hollywood where King regularly records his show, with photographers staking out the the entrance to the building hoping to grab a shot of King.

King is one of the most recognizable figures on US television, hosting a nightly interview program “Larry King Live” on CNN since 1985 after previously anchoring a national nightly radio show for seven years.