Broadcaster Larry King seeks 8th divorce

Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:33am EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. television personality Larry King and his seventh wife both filed for divorce on Wednesday to end their 13-year marriage.

A spokesman for King, 76, said the CNN broadcaster filed for divorce from Shawn Southwick, 50, with whom he has two children.

"His major concern is the welfare of his children and beyond that he'll have no further comment about the divorce," King's spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, told Reuters.

Minutes after King's attorneys filed their court papers, lawyers for Southwick, who is a singer, also filed divorce documents in Los Angeles, Rubenstein said.

Both parties were citing irreconcilable differences.

Dennis Wasser, an attorney for King, told Reuters that the broadcaster wants to "keep this divorce amicable."

King has been married to seven different women, but this is his eighth divorce, because he remarried one of his former spouses and then divorced her again.

The broadcaster hosts "Larry King Live" on CNN, where he interviews political figures and celebrities, and dresses in suspenders that have become his personal trademark. He often allows viewers to call in with questions for guests.

King was seeking joint custody of their children, while Southwick was seeking primary custody.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Philip Barbara)

 
<p>Larry King interviews his wife Shawn Southwick and their son Cannon at a party to celebrate King's 20 years with CNN in Beverly Hills, October 6, 2005. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>