Larry King files for divorce – was he screwing his sister-in-law?

Happy Birthday Larry King!

Larry King, 76, is getting divorced for the eighth time, to the seventh wife, Shawn, who is 50 years old. They’ve been married 13 years, and they have two sons together. I feel like we’re all witnessing some kind of Biblical prophecy. “Ye shall watch The King of Larrys tear asunder the eighth matrimony, spoketh the Lord.” Which is funny, because Larry might predate Christianity. But don’t lull yourself into some kind of comfort zone of “he’s an old fart, his wife was probably tired of his ass”. Larry King is a crazy old bastard, and he marries crazy ladies. So this sh-t is going to get good in a hurry. First, the statement from Larry’s rep: “His major concern is the welfare of his children, and beyond that he’s not going to comment about the divorce.” Larry filed the papers first, listing the date of separation as April 13, Tuesday. While filing, he asked the court to deny Shawn spousal support. Oh, Larry! You crazy bastard. Larry and Shawn have two sons together, Cannon (who is 9) and Chance (who is 11).

Also, note this – various media outlets are reporting various numbers for how many times Larry has actually been married and divorced. Some say six, some say seven, some say eight. Do you think Larry can remember at this point? TMZ notes that Larry did marry and divorce the same woman twice.

Now, the good stuff. After Larry filed for divorce in California, Shawn filed her own divorce paperwork, asking for primary custody of the kids, and spousal and child support. There’s also a big real estate war brewing, because Shawn claimed many jointly owned properties as “hers” while Larry filed paperwork to keep all of the homes that may be in Shawn’s name.

As for why the rush to get the paperwork filed and get the divorce war started so quickly, TMZ reports that Larry and Shawn had an “explosive argument” at their home on Wednesday, and that “cars screeched out of the driveway afterwards”. What was the argument about? What does a 76 year old man have to get angry about? Why, his wife is still accusing him of having an affair with her sister. Oh, YES. It was even But the sister denies it. Here’s more from TMZ:

TMZ has learned Larry King’s marriage fell apart in large part because Shawn Southwick believes Larry is having an affair with her sister, Shannon Engemann … but Shannon tells TMZ exclusively it’s absolutely not true.

Shannon says Shawn has been accusing her of fooling around with Larry for months. She says Shawn has repeatedly pointed to the fact that Larry gave Shannon numerous gifts as evidence. But Shannon says, “This is so ludicrous. She’s singling me out, but Larry has been nothing but generous to our entire family, including me.”

Shannon says it’s true … Larry has given her gifts for Xmas and her birthday. Shannon was not specific, but Shawn reportedly believes Larry bought Shannon a $160,000 car, among other things.

Shannon said, “Shawn has left me threatening messages.” After the National Enquirer published a story suggesting an affair, Shannon says, “Shawn left me a message … ‘If you dare sue the Enquirer I will pull out every last receipt that proves you had an affair with Larry.'”

Shannon adds, “I’m tired for taking the wrap for things. I did not have an affair with Larry. He’s been like a father to me.”

And finally, Shannon added, “I have a date tonight and I’m not going to worry about it. I love my sister. What’s happening is not my fault.”

[From TMZ]

“He’s been like a father to me.” Hahahaha….gasp…hahaha. Jesus. This is a fun divorce already! So, do you think Larry was/is boning his sister-in-law? In all honesty – and I’m not saying this out of ageist prejudice, I swear – I don’t really think Larry is capable of really having a physical affair at this point. What’s shocking to me is not that Larry is 76 years old – it’s that I thought he was in his late 80s or something. Larry has lived a long and full and crazy life, and I’m sure that if he is “attracted” to his sister-in-law, it’s probably more of a “she’s pretty to look at, and she’s nice, I’ll buy her a car” sort of way, rather than some epic affair.

Okay, I know I’m doing a lot of photos for this post, but I seriously can’t stop laughing. There are literally SO MANY hilarious photos of Larry and Shawn:

Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick share a laugh and a kiss as they leave the BOA steakhouse in West Hollywood

Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick share a laugh and a kiss as they leave the BOA steakhouse in West Hollywood

Super Bowl XLIII Viewing Party

Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick share a laugh and a kiss as they leave the BOA steakhouse in West Hollywood

Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick chat with the paparazzi after dining at Boa in Beverly Hills

Heart And Soul 2009

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  1. Dorothy says:

    Larry reminds me of a lizard – sorry to all the lizards out there…

  2. bite me says:

    he reminds me of a turtle

  3. pooky says:

    Wasn’t there a story a few months ago in the Enquirer about how his wife was humping her tennis(?) coach and despite that, he couldn’t leave her without also leaving a huge lump of his cash behind too? Still, marry for money, divorce for money – marry for love, walk away with nothing…

  4. Aviatrix says:

    Haha those photos are awesome! She looks really great for 50. At 76 you’d probably think, “Eh I can’t take my money with me when I die, I may as well share the wealth with people that I care about.”. I think your theory is right. Why still chase skirts at that point? He’s probably just a good gift giver like most grandpas.

  5. Bee says:

    Larry King barely knows who he is anymore, let alone the people he interviews on Larry King Tonight. So there’s a chance he thought the sister was his wife. Larry needs to go gently into the good night of retirement and let someone who’s actually awake host his show. This is not ageism. Just watch the show, he can’t even feign interest or knowledge about the people he’s interviewing.

  6. Darlene says:

    it’s “taking the rap”, isn’t it? Not “wrap”…

  7. Joan says:

    Bee – I couldn’t agree more with what you said! It is painful to watch Larry’s show because he is such a lousy interviewer and, as you noted, could care less about most of the people in front of him. He’s just worried about getting to commercial break ….
    Retirement calls, Larry. Please go towards the light!

  8. Jackson says:

    One word: Viagra.
    If he was buying his SIL all of that stuff, and he wasn’t buying his wife that same stuff X 10, then yeah, I’d be wondering about it too if I were Shawn. I hope she gets all the properties he put in her name, and a boatload of spousal support. Lol, Larry – you think you can get out for free??? Crazy old man!!!!

  9. Kaboom says:

    He looks like a midget geezer next to her even though she’s only about an inch taller in socks.

  10. Roma says:

    These rumours have been circulating for awhile. King was sleeping with the sister and in retaliation, Shawn was sleeping with their kid’s baseball coach.

    I can see why Shawn would be heartbroken. After 7 marriages, you totally think that you’re the wife that’s going to last.

  11. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Larry King can still screw? There’s a miracle every minute…

  12. ogechi says:

    grossly looking

  13. Jazz says:

    Ewww, just ewww.

  14. Mairead says:

    Maybe she’s just jealous that her sister got a less horrific name? I mean, why would anyone lumber their daughter with a name that’s bascially “John” but spelled diabolically?

    But back on track, married HOW many times? 😯 How come it’s only Liz Taylor and Zsa Zsa that get stick for multiple marriages? Did he cheat on his current missus – perhaps not, but I’d be willing to bet it wasn’t for the want of trying!

  15. TG says:

    @Bee you are so right. I don’t watch him very much because it is so uncomfortable to hear him as really dumb questions. When he had the cast of Nine on one night he didn’t even know Kate Hudson had a child and he didn’t seem to know that much about Nicole Kidman either and he put her in an awkward moment when he made her say who all her kids were and how old Bella is.

  16. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Eight? How positively ghoulish! Is he seeing Erica Kane for marriage guidance? Oh, these sad family scrapes. He should be talking about his glory days of attending jazz college with Caligula, or that time when he single-handedly domesticated the mastodon. Stop it with the fussin’ ‘n’ feudin’ and sing the national anthem for Pangaea again.

  17. Jane Q. Doe says:

    Does Larry have any other children? You’d think with 6 or however many other women, someone would’ve gotten knocked up.

  18. snapdragon says:

    the photos of them kissing are hilarious. she looks like someone is holding a gun to her head and she’s seriously considering which is worse!

  19. westender says:

    In the first photo has Larry fallen asleep on his wife’s shoulder?

  20. Tia C says:

    I can’t believe he’s only 76, either. I thought he was pushing 100 at this point! And I’d like to know (although I guess I know the answer already) how in the HECK does he get these hot women? He is beyond unattractive. I wouldn’t care how much money he threw at me, I couldn’t do it!!

    I also agree with Bee. He has needed to retire for a while now.

  21. Aussie Mama says:

    Was he?
    Are you for real?
    Like he can!
    What is he 100 years old?
    Surely it’d be shrivelled and useless, resembling a cashew nut by now!

  22. ab says:

    My Mum and Dad are both in their mid fifties and they both look so so so young. She could pass for 60 I think. Maybe a case of too much plastic. I dread (or secretly can’t wait) to see what Heidi Montage looks like when she is his age. For Pete’s Sake nature gave you a face, respect it.