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Larry King misses being 'in the middle' of breaking news

Larry King said he misses covering breaking news, which still makes him jump.

“I thought I could leave," the 79-year-old broadcaster said on TODAY Monday. "I thought it would be easy, but the night Osama bin Laden was killed, I just wanted to jump up off the chair and run and do something.”

So that’s why King co-founded his own production company, Ora TV, which hosts his program, “Larry King Now.”

Larry King discusses his two current programs, including Ora TV's "Larry King Now," with Willie Geist.

The show, which makes its second season premiere on Monday, has featured a variety of guests ranging from entertainers such as rapper Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) to political pundits and satirists like Arianna Huffington and Bill Maher.

But the half-hour program is taped, unlike “Larry King Live,” which concluded a 25-year run on CNN in 2010. King said he sometimes experiences pangs of regret when a story breaks, such as the George Zimmerman murder verdict.

Larry King poses with Snoop Lion, a guest on his "Larry King Now" show.

“On days when there’s a really big news story, yes, because I like to be in the middle of it,” he said. “I always like to be the onlooker. I never involve me in it. I always ask the questions of the guest.”

King said the key to his interviewing style is listening.

“My number one motto: I never learned anything when I was talking,” he said.

King also hosts a second show, “Politicking,” on RT Television Network. Although he joked, "I don’t know how I keep up with myself," he admits to loving "the whole mix."

"I love asking questions. I’ve been doing it all my life," he said. "When I was 9 years old, I asked the bus driver, 'Why do you want to drive a bus?' And I’m still doing that, 'Why do you want to drive a bus?'"