Jewish Journal


June 10, 2010

The Private Lives of Shawn and Larry King



Shawn and Larry King

There are reports today that Shawn King, the wife of CNN’s Larry King, overdosed on pills, and that perhaps it was a suicide attempt.  Clearly it was a slow news day, since this apparently happened a month ago, while she was at their home in Utah.  I wonder if anyone thought about their kids, before they decided to print that story.

I don’t know what she did or why.  What we can assume,  is that they are going through a hard time. Filing for divorce is never an easy decision, particularly when there are children involved.  Furthermore, the decision to end a marriage when you are in the public eye, must be brutal, because you know the vultures are going to come out.

They have two young children.  I can only imagine how horrible it must be for a child to see a story that his mother tried to kill herself.  Kids don’t get it, and even if they don’t see it until they are older, it’s still hurtful.  Did we all benefit from knowing this sad little bit of information?  Not so much.  It crosses a line.

I’m not sure if Mr. and Mrs. King are together or not.  I wish them well, and I hope whatever they decide to do, makes them both happy.  If they take care of themselves, they will be able to take care of their kids.  To Shawn, feel better.  Take whatever you need to take to get though this difficult time, and remember that it will be a little easier, if you keep the faith.

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