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Encore: Interview With Wanda Sykes

Aired September 3, 2010 - 21:00   ET


LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight Wanda Sykes, one funny woman.


WANDA SYKES, COMEDIAN: If somebody broke into my house and vacuumed, I might be a little confused, but I ain't calling the cops.


KING: Opinionated, outspoken, sometimes outrageous. She's talking politics, Palin, celebrity scandals. And as a married lesbian with kids, got a lot to say about Prop 8. Wanda Sykes will take your questions too next on "LARRY KING LIVE."

Good evening. What a great pleasure to welcome Wanda Sykes to "LARRY KING LIVE." The Emmy winning comic actress, writer. By the way, she'll be performing at the Palarmar Starlight in Pala (ph), California this Friday and at the Imperial Palace and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, September 10th. Her HBO special "I'm Going to Be Me" is vying for outstanding variety music or comedy special that the weekend's Emmy awards show. Here's a clip.


SYKES: We got one cool black president, don't we? Damn, he's cool. I don't know how the man keeps his cool. All this (EXPLETIVE) that gets thrown at him. People just (EXPLETIVE) with him all the time. The birthers calling him a racist, comparing him to Hitler. What the hell? How does he stay so cool? Is he still smoking weed? Dang, Nazi.


KING: Wanda Sykes, thank you for coming.

SYKES: Thank you. Thank you for having me here.

KING: Were you a funny kid?

SYKES: Yes, I was a funny kid, and -- but my timing was off. Yeah, because instead of getting the laughs, I would get popped in the lips, you know.

KING: Where did you grow up?

SYKES: Virginia, Portsmouth, Virginia. KING: Did you want to be a comedian?

SYKES: No. I didn't know any comedians. You know--

KING: So, how did this all happen?

SYKES: I have no idea.

KING: You woke up on stage? What?

SYKES: You know, I went through the steps that, you know, you're supposed to go through. I went to school. Went to college. And at that time we were living in the Maryland, D.C. area. So, you know, what do you do, you get a job for the government. So I was working for the government. And I was just bored silly. And I said, this cannot be my life. You know? And it was just the same thing. I would, you know, go to work and come home, drink some beer, wash my car. I had to clean this car on the block because it was like every day -- out of boredom.

KING: So how do you break into comedy from that?

SYKES: One day, I was, like, going through my high school yearbook. I was just looking at what, you know, people had written in my book. And it was, you're so funny. You should be on stage. And you know, I was always a fan of comedy. But I said, you know what, maybe I should. So I just -- I wrote some jokes and went on stage. And it all just kind of made sense.

KING: The rest, as they say, is history.

SYKES: Yeah, yeah.

KING: How do you feel about this nomination? Emmy nominated.

SYKES: I'm very excited about it, very honored. You know, last week, we had the Creative Arts Awards. And I lost that one. And, you know, you get all dressed up and you go. And, you know, people say, oh, I'm just so honored to be nominated, but really, you want to win. You know, it feel goods to win. You want to walk around with your big trophy--

KING: Damn right.

SYKES: --and you want to shove it in people's faces. And you know, you want to get up and thank people. I mean, you want to do all that.

So when -- you know, when they didn't call my name, it would have been better for me if they would have said, and the winner is, Wanda Sykes, not you. You know, I would have felt better. I would have said, oh, okay Because just punching--

KING: Who one?

SYKES: --if you're going to kick me in the teeth, kick me in the teeth. KING: Who won?

SYKES: The Kennedy Center Honors.

KING: You're kidding?

SYKES: Yeah, yeah.

KING: I mean, it's night and day.

SYKES: Thank you, thank you, Larry. Why am I up against Bruce Springsteen's and Melissa Etheridge's entire body of work? My one hour?

KING: Well, Jimmy Fallon is going to be here tomorrow night. Maybe we'll talk to him into -- is there still time to influence -

SYKES: Yes. Yeah, yeah, right.

KING: I'll do what I can.

SYKES: I'm sure PriceWaterhouse will love that. Yeah.

KING: Let's get into politics. Were you always political?

SYKES: I think growing up in, like, the Washington, D.C./Maryland area. Because we moved there, my father was in the military. I think, you know, I was just so exposed to it that, you know, it's just what's around. So I was involved and interested. And then as I got older, I just found it all fascinating and such a -- full of hypocrisy. And that's the best comedy to me is when you're pointing fingers at, you know, at society and at our system so--

KING: Speaking of hypocrisy--

SYKES: Uh-huh.

KING: Right? And let's go right to it. Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican party?

SYKES: He's family. I didn't know. Look at that.

KING: Yes, he's one of you.

SYKES: He's one of me.

KING: He came out of the closet. He came out against Prop 8. What do you make of that? You mention hypocrisy.

SYKES: Right. And that's the whole thing with politics. Here's this guy. Now, he said it's taken him, like, 43 years to, you know, be comfortable with, you know, himself, his own self-

KING: Self, yes. SYKES: --which I understand. You know, it took me a while to publicly come out. But the people back then, when he was in the Bush administration, come on, they knew. They knew he was gay, and he had to sit there and listen to--

KING: Anti-gay--

SYKES: --all this anti-gay stuff. And I also believe that people in the room, they weren't really anti-gay, they were pro votes, you know? So it's like, they can't go -- they have to say what the voters out there will accept to get the votes. Yeah, think what they want. So you have to say that.

KING: Well, what do you think goes through Kenny Mehlman though? What do you think just go through him?

SYKES: He probably took so many, you know, like those showers that, like, rape victims take, you know, at the end of the day in the shower, just scrubbing himself. He probably had a lot of those type of showers.

KING: How did you come out?

SYKES: How did I come out? I did it in Vegas. Las Vegas. Yeah. Las Vegas.

KING: As an adult?

SYKES: I mean, publicly.

KING: You were on stage?

SYKES: It was after one of the -- it was a Prop 8 rally. It was the national day after the -- after Prop 8 passed. And I was in Vegas. I was performing at Planet Hollywood. And I said, okay, where's the rally in Vegas? We're going to go. And so, it's a group of us. And, you know, I had no intentions on speaking at the rally. I had, you know, I was just there in support. And so at the end of the -- end of the speeches, they said, we understand that there's, you know, someone out there in the audience. And they--

KING: Come on down?

SYKES: --they will -- yeah, come on down. And to say a few things, we appreciate you hear supporting us. So when I got up there, I'm like, I'm not just supporting, you know, you. I'm supporting me. So it just, you know. But you know, I guess that phrase whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, not true, Larry, not true, Larry King.

KING: When did you know, Wanda, that you were a lesbian?

SYKES: When did I know? Let me see. When did "Coffy" come out? Pam Greer. "Coffy." No.

KING: No, like, I mean, is there a period, you're in high school and you're --

SYKES: It was -- you know, it was very early on. I remember I was in the -- I mean, maybe second or third grade. And--

KING: Really?

SYKES: --it was these two sisters. And they both liked my brother. I have an older brother. They both liked him. And my brother was off with one of the sisters. And, you know, walking around, whatever. It's like fourth of July, fireworks or something. So I was stuck with the other sister. And, you know, 'cause she was walking around with me, trying to find my brother and her sister.

KING: Wait, you're in third grade?

SYKES: I'm like in third grade, right. And she's holding my hand. We're walking. I'm look up at her. And I told her, I said, you know, I wish I were a boy because then you could be my girlfriend. And the look she gave me, like, huh-uh, don't ever--

KING: Don't go there.

SYKES: Don't ever say that again. Because I think she saw that it wasn't, like, you know--

KING: Right.

SYKES: -- some, like, childhood -- you know, just like a little girl saying something. I think she saw I was putting the moves on her. And it scared her. She couldn't handle it.

KING: Did it ever scare you?

SYKES: Did it ever scare me?

KING: Yes, approaching the world where you're going to be different.

SYKES: Oh, of course, I have parents who are still alive. So yeah, I mean, you know, and that's why you suppress all that, you bury it, and to try to fit in. I'm 46. I mean, you know. So back then, you know, you know, religion, everything else--

KING: I know.

SYKES: You know, we didn't -- we weren't exposed to gay people.

KING: And your father's in the service.

SYKES: My father's in the service. Right, retired colonel. So--

KING: How did you tell them?

SYKES: A long distance phone call.

KING: Long distance?

SYKES: Yeah, we're talking, like, coast to coast.

KING: How did they handle it?

SYKES: You always want to give your family like a six-hour plane ride before they can get to you.

KING: Did they handle it all right?

SYKES: We're working on it.

KING: Still?

SYKES: They love me. Yes, yes. I mean, they love me. I know without a doubt, my family, they love me. And you know, we're -- you know, we're working on it. Keep praying for us.

KING: More with Wanda Sykes. We'll talk about Prop 8. More on that subject and other things, your calls and Twitter. You Twitter?

SYKES: I dabble.

KING: We'll be right back.



SYKES: Got to get used to having a black First Lady. Got to get used to that, right? That's why we had all those -- those articles, you know, when he first got in office, like, who is the real Michelle Obama? When will we see the real Michelle Obama? You know what they're saying? When are we going to see this?


KING: You do -- write all your own stuff, right?

SYKES: Yes, yes.

KING: What do you think of the president, the job he's doing? His approval rating is down. What do you think?

SYKES: I think it's time for the First Lady to start doing some of this, really. It's about time. I mean, maybe she needs to get out of her herb garden a little bit, you know, and start smashing some heads, you know?

I think he's doing a really good job. I mean, you look at it like this. Look at where we were, you know, what -- the mess that this country was left in when Bush left. So he comes in and it's like basically people expecting him, you know, to fix everything. That's like handing him a spoon and telling him to go fill in the Grand Canyon, you know? We were deep, deep, deep in debt. Our economy's a mess. And look at what he's done. Our troops are -- the combat troops are coming out of Iraq. We have -- he passed the health care bill. He's going to end don't ask don't tell.

KING: Yeah, when is he going to do that?

SYKES: Well, he's letting the military, which I think is a good idea, work it out. He's coming up with the plan. I mean, that's what I like about him. He's not just going to say, I want this ended, and they just -- and tomorrow they wake up and they have to figure out how to do it, you know, or it's done. At least, he's not ramming it down, you know, down your throats, which I guess you really shouldn't use ramming it down your throat when we're talking about don't ask don't tell. But--

KING: What does your father think about don't ask don't tell?

SYKES: What does my father think? My father -- and I hope I'm not stepping out of line here, but I remember having a discussion with him. And he said there's been gays in the military for years. There was gays in the military when he was there. And you know, when you're in the trenches whatever with the guy next to you or woman next to you, whatever--

KING: You ain't thinking about kissing them?

SYKES: You ain't thinking about that. You know, you're thinking about how to get home.

KING: All right. What do you make of the fact that apparently 24 percent of Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim?

SYKES: Okay. People are just dumb basically. And they believe anything and everything. That someone sits on the television or on their radio and you say it, they think it is true. They think it is fact. They take it as fact. When you -- all this stuff on the Internet, it's just crazy what people believe. You know? It's out of control.

KING: First president to issue a press release saying he's a Christian.

SYKES: Why? You know, it's nuts that it had to go that far. It really is insane. There's people just sitting in their little basements with their little crazy hats with the little propellers on there just typing nonsense. And people believe it. They just get a little, you know, a little piece of information. And they run with that.

I really wish we could get back to some really good journalists, you know, and just real facts. Remember when you read the paper and if they made a mistake, they would come back and print a little retraction and say oh, we messed up? There's none of that. There's none of that now. You don't have any, you know, any checks or--

KING: Like weatherman, they never say when they were wrong.

SYKES: Never, yeah.

KING: You notice that? Yes.

SYKES: Exactly.

KING: The weatherman ever come on television and say I was wrong yesterday about the rain. They never do that.

Our guest is Wanda Sykes. She's terrific. She's nominated for an Emmy. The Emmys are on this Sunday night. And Jimmy Fallon will be here tomorrow. And he's going to host it. She's talked about President Obama. What does she think about former Governor Sarah Palin? More with Wanda Sykes next.



SYKES: So you automatically think the black man is the valet?

LARRY: No, I don't automatically.

SYKES: Yes, you did. I saw it.

LARRY: You're standing by the valet.

SYKES: Get my car, boy. I saw it, Larry.

LARRY: Yeah, he had on a white shirt and a vest. He's standing by the valet. It's an honest mistake.

SYKES: Oh, yes, that's honest, anytime I see a black man in a tie and a suit, I think, hey, you must park cars for a living.

LARRY: I feel like it was a honest mistake, Wanda.

SYKES: No, no. If it was a white man standing here--

LARRY: I would have given him the -- I would too.

SYKES: No, you would have--

LARRY: I would too have.

SYKES: No, you would have--


SYKES: You would have asked him -- not.


KING: She'll be back on this next season of "Curb your Enthusiasm" filmed mostly in New York. And that's one of the great scenes in that great show's history. They let you ad-lib, right?

SYKES: Oh, it's all ad-libbed. Yes.

KING: They just give you an outline?

SYKES: You know--

KING: Like you would come up and complain about what he was doing, giving his parking ticket to a guy waiting for his car--

SYKES: Right.

KING: --because he was black?

SYKES: Exactly. It's -- that's basically what he gives you. It's like, okay, you walk out the restaurant, you see me, I'm handing my valet ticket to a black guy, but he's not the valley. Okay, I got it. And then we just go with it.

KING: He's brilliant.

SYKES: He's brilliant. He is. He's brilliant, but it's like the most stressful gig that I do.

KING: Why?

SYKES: Because you don't know. You don't have any lines, you know. And when I first got the call, I'm like, oh, good, I'm going to work with Larry David. Oh, he's a genius, great writer. And I get to have all these funny Larry David words and maybe there will be some "Seinfeld-isms." You know, some -- and you get there and it's like, where's my script? Oh, no, just make it up. What kind of lazy piece of crap is this? I want a damn script. No, but it's stressful because like you said, his level of where he works, you just--

KING: Well, it doesn't come out that way. And he's brilliant.

SYKES: Thank you.

KING: All right, what's your take on Sarah Palin? Should we take her seriously?

SYKES: Well, you have to take her seriously because there are people out there who listen to her. I think she is -- she's smart in the way that she's an opportunist, but she's not smart enough to pull it off. Because if -- all you got to do, just give her enough rope and she's going to say something stupid. You know, she's making up words. You know, just give her enough room and she's going to blow it. That's all you need. If she operates in just a little small stage and just knows when -- just like to shut up. Like if somebody just put an ear piece in her ear and just said, period, and just tell her, you know, stop, she will go far. But she doesn't know how to stop. So--

KING: There's a likability quality too, though, isn't there? I mean, she's very attractive? She's-- SYKES: Well, she says the things that are, you know, that the people in that little area want to hear. I mean, there's a group who feel very connected to her. And she--

KING: They sure do.

SYKES: Yeah, right. And you have to give her credit for that. But when you listen to it, you know, really, a lot of it doesn't make any sense. I mean--

KING: What do you make of Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin's former future son-in-law who has gone back, then not back? He's running for mayor?

SYKES: Okay, so, so let me get this right, because he was, let's say, in the family, so does that make him, what, somehow just by that connection, now he's qualified to run a city? I mean, I don't understand. Just because, you know, okay, I'm around them, so all of her brilliance is going to rub off on him. What? He's a baby daddy.

KING: A baby daddy?

SYKES: He's a baby daddy. They weren't married. You know, I don't -- it's the most craziest thing I've ever heard. Baby daddy. Man baby daddy.

KING: What do you make of Dr. Laura?

SYKES: Dr. Laura?

KING: She quit her radio show right where you're sitting. That's where she announced she was quitting.

SYKES: That's -- this is where she announced?

KING: Right where you're sitting.

SYKES: Well, here's the shocking thing about Dr. Laura, Larry. I did not know that black people actually listened to Dr. Laura.

KING: Yes, it was a black lady caller.

SYKES: Yes, a black lady called in. I didn't know that black people ever call heard show or even listened to her show.

KING: Why not? Why?

SYKES: Black people don't listen to Dr. Laura. That's a white people thing. That's a white people thing.

KING: You mean, black people don't need psychological help or they don't have marital problems?

SYKES: Yeah, but we're not going to call Dr. Laura. We're not calling -- Dr. Laura's not even a psychologist. She's not a psychiatrist.

KING: I think she--

SYKES: No, she's a physiologist. Her background is--


SYKES: --so you make better time getting therapy from your masseuse. I mean, really. Dr. Laura? I mean, and I think Dr. Laura was shocked. And she was really, like really ticked off, that this black woman called into her show. I think that's why she went off. She was like, wait a minute, you mean to tell me all these years I've been giving free advice to a bunch of -- you know. So she just went off. These -- calling my show. I think that's why she--

KING: Well, she says that black comedians use the "N" word.

SYKES: What does that have to do with anything? This woman is calling for advice on her, you know, on her marriage. She's not calling on notes for an HBO special. Why -- it didn't make any sense at all.

I mean, I think Dr. Laura was -- she's probably been saying the "N" word for years, but it's the first time a black person was actually listening to her show. I mean, really, I've been black, Larry, for 46 years. And my entire 46 years, I've never heard one of my black friends start a conversation with, you know, I was listening to Dr. Laura the other day.

KING: Let me get a break. We'll be right back with--

SYKES: White people stuff, Larry.

KING: --Wanda Sykes, don't go away.


KING: Wanda just told us that she was beaten for an Emmy by the Kennedy Center Honors. One of the other programs up for an honor was "Hope for Haiti." What if you had beaten "Hope for Haiti."

SYKES: Well, exactly. What was I supposed to do? Take that, Haiti. There's no hope for you tonight, Haiti. I got your hope, Haiti. Look at this.

KING: Let's take a call for Wanda Sykes. Port Saint Lucie, Florida, hello.

CALLER: Hi, Wanda. Not only are you the best comedian, you're the best comedian out there and you have the best laugh, but my question stems from this.

SYKES: Thank you. CALLER: When President Obama was elected, I was so proud that this country was progressive enough to elect a non-white elderly man. And now, during this situation where he's being attacked by -- from all end, the Tea Party, these non-issues about the birth certificates, the Muslim issue, how do we cope with that? How do we fight back and get the facts out there?

SYKES: You know, thank you. And we really need to do something, because I don't know if you've noticed, but he's, like, getting gray and everything and wrinkly. He's turning into an old white man. We're like watching this happen, gray hair, the wrinkles.

KING: It will age anybody.

SYKES: It definitely -- yeah, the stress. I think the same energy that we had when the election was happening and we were supporting him.

KING: The Inaugural.

SYKES: Inaugural, yes. We have to get back to that. Right now, we're kind of like just sitting back, said, OK, we got you in office now, you do your thing.

KING: We got another clip from Wanda's Emmy-nominated HBO special, "I'm Going To Be Me." Take a look.


SYKES: It's harder. It's harder being gay than it is being black. It is. There's some things that I have -- there's some things that I had to do as gay that I didn't have to do as black. I didn't have to come out black. I didn't have to sit my parents down and tell them about my blackness.


KING: You are legally married, right?

SYKES: Yes, I am legally married.

KING: How did you meet -- I don't know how to say this -- your bride? Or your husband?

SYKES: My lucky lady. No, my wife. Yeah, my bride, my wife.

KING: She's the wife.

SYKES: We both are wives. Or -- yeah.

KING: I guess you are.

SYKES: Yeah. We don't do the role playing thing.

KING: How did you meet her?

SYKES: Not my thing. You wear the pants tonight, no.

KING: How did you meet her? Beautiful girl.

SYKES: Yes, she is. She's a looker. Come on, what do you expect? You think I was going to be with an ugly woman? Look at this, Larry. Look at this.

KING: You carry pretty good, baby.

SYKES: I carry it. That's right.

KING: She's French, right?

SYKES: She's French.

KING: Where did you meet her?

SYKES: I met her New York Fire Island. Fire Island, New York City. Outside of New York.

KING: Was it a party or --

SYKES: I saw her on the ferry ride on the way over to the island. And I just -- just something -- I heard something that just said, hey, Wanda, that's what you need. And the rest is history. We are -- our paths crossed eventually on the island. And just been inseparable since.

KING: We got a question for you, Tweeted to Kings Things. Ask Wanda how being a mom has affected you as a stand-up.

SYKES: So much material there. So much material being a mom.

KING: What do you have? A little what?

SYKES: Twins, a little boy and little girl.

KING: How old?

SYKES: They're 15 months, 15 months old.

KING: Who gave birth?

SYKES: She did. Oh, there's nothing coming out of here, Larry. That wouldn't be pretty.

KING: Were you at the birth?

SYKES: Yeah, I was there. I was there.

KING: So what's their names?

SYKES: Olivia Lou and Lucas Claude. What do you expect? Hakeem and Shaquika or something?

KING: Not Jewish either, Olivia and Lucas? SYKES: No, not Jewish.

KING: So what's it like? What's being a mother like?

SYKES: I love it. I love it. Every day, there's something new. And -- but it's always -- it's something new, but you -- it always goes back to "get that out of your mouth" or "don't put that in your mouth" or "what does he have in his mouth?" Everything just goes --

KING: When you talk about this -- here's a clip from the special. Watch.


SYKES: And I don't understand how people cheat, you know, especially when they have new kids and they cheat. Where the (EXPLETIVE DELETED) do you get the energy to cheat? (EXPLETIVE DELETED), I told my wife. I said, look, if you ever catch me in another woman's bed, you know I'm just there for a nap.


KING: That is funny stuff.

SYKES: It's true.

KING: You want to have more kids?

SYKES: You know, I -- we talked about it. And, you know, we'll see. We'll see. I just told her I am not changing a diaper when I get 50. That's it. So if you're going to do it, that's, you know --

KING: How did you pick the donor?

SYKES: How did we pick the donor? We said -- we wanted, like -- it's more about like height and good health basically. And --

KING: Did they tell you the who the donor is?

SYKES: Oh, no, no, no, no. God forbid if it turns out to be Mel Gibson's babies. I'm in trouble, Larry. What am I going to do? That's it. Oh, Mel, I hope you didn't drop a load anywhere. Please tell me you didn't donate something.

KING: We'll be back with Wanda Sykes. Don't go away.


KING: What do you make of -- Wanda Sykes is our guest. What do you make of the Arizona law about immigration?

SYKES: Oh, it's -- I think it's very racist. I do understand where that anger is coming from. We have to fix our borders. Until we get that, you know, straightened out, and secure our borders, then -- but you can't just start, you know, throwing people out and pulling people over just because they look like they're from somewhere else. I mean, what are you going to do? If you see, you know, a white guy dipping, you know, his French fries in mayonnaise, are you going to go, hey, where you from? You from Canada somewhere. Where you from?

No, it's really an attack on Mexicans. And also I think that they're going to change the policy. Because once people realize that they're going to have to start taking care of their own babies and cutting their own grass and stuff, they'll welcome them back. Trust me.

KING: Wanda scored a lot of laughs as the featured entertainer at last year's White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington. She took some flack from these and other jokes about Rush Limbaugh. Watch.


SYKES: Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails. So you're saying I hope America fails? He's like, I don't care about people losing their home, jobs, our soldiers in Iraq. He just wants the country to fail.

To me, that's treason. He's not saying anything differently than what Osama bin Laden is saying. You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. Come on. Too much? OK.


KING: You think you went a little too far there?

SYKES: Not at all. Not at all.

KING: There's no connect here, right, between here and you, right?

SYKES: Probably not. It might be a little speed bump, you know, just a little one.

KING: Have you heard from Rush Limbaugh fans since then?

SYKES: I did get a nasty note. But, you know, who cares, you know? Who cares? You know, here's the problem: Rush Limbaugh is a filthy rich guy. And he's playing on the emotions of poor people. He's telling poor people that, hey, you know, Obama's going to take this, take that away from you. And really he's just worried about his own pockets. That's it. He's just a big bully. I don't think I went too far at all.

KING: Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Wanda. Thanks for taking my call, Larry. Wanda, what are your thoughts about Wood's newest comments today in "People Magazine" that she's been through hell?

SYKES: I'm sorry, what was that again?

KING: Oh, Elin Woods, who just divorced Tiger. "People Magazine" comes out tomorrow. She gave them the exclusive interview, and she said she felt she was blind sided.


KING: What did you make of Tiger?

SYKES: Tiger, man, he never should have gotten married. He knew he liked to play around. He likes the ladies. He should have just -- you know, just stayed -- be a Playboy. It would have been -- he would have been the hugest rock star ever, you know, the golfer, the jet- setter. You know, women all on the planes and everything, you know? But he tried to do the married thing, had the kids.

And as far as Elin, I mean, I'm sure she was blind sided. But I'm sure that big bag of money is going to, you know, just cushion that blow, and she's going to -- she's getting a big bag of money. Good for her.

KING: She still was hurting. She's got two little children.

SYKES: Sometimes I get a headache, I rub a 100 dollar bill up here. And, oh, oh, I call my business manager. I'm like, I don't feel -- my stomach aches. He'll say, OK, we just got a check in. Oh that feels better. How many zeros? Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Healed. I feel better.

KING: We have a --

SYKES: Time heals all wounds. Huh-uh. Money, baby. Money. Money will --

KING: We have a Tweet to King's Things. They want to ask Wanda what she thinks of the Jetblue flight attendant who is now an American hero.

SYKES: Oh, now. You want to ask me that?

KING: Twitter, twitter.

SYKES: Good for him.

KING: You like what he did?

SYKES: Yes. He just went off. I've been on flights where I've wanted to jump up and smack people. You know?

KING: You weren't even a flight attendant.

SYKES: Not even a flight attendant. I've seen behavior on flights. We just flew back from France with the two kids. And I wanted to jump off the plane, you know? So -- and I'm related to them. You know. So I -- you know, I think everybody's had that moment where you're on your job and you just want to go off and tell people where to go and just lose it.

KING: Going down the chute?

SYKES: Yeah, oh, that's the way to do it. That's the way. At least we know they work, you know?

KING: Good point.

SYKES: Jetblue, you want to make sure. Hey, OK, we have chutes. Jetblue should -- they should use that as a campaign ad. They should do that. Hey, we got chutes.

KING: They could show it. Yeah. You ought to do commercials for them.

SYKES: Right.

KING: We'll be back with more of Wanda Sykes right after this.



KING: Wanda Sykes, we have this Tweeted to King's Things. Ask Wanda about working for the NSA, the National Security Agency. You?

SYKES: I worked for the NSA, yes. Top secret clearance, all that stuff.

KING: Doing what?

SYKES: I have a degree in marketing, so I was a procurement specialist. Basically, I shopped all day. Just bought things.

KING: What did you procure?

SYKES: Anything from, like, office furniture to, like, you know, intel equipment.

KING: What do they do at the NSA?

SYKES: Basically, they collect intelligence. Yeah. They didn't get much from me. You know.

KING: Adjacent to the CIA?

SYKES: Yes, CIA, they're more with people, you know. Yeah. And NSA is more with --

KING: NSA is equipment.

SYKES: Yeah.

KING: And you were a procurement officer. It sounds raunchy. Anyway --

SYKES: Raunchy? I wasn't buying hookers.

KING: I don't know what you procure. In another Tweet.

SYKES: I was a pimp. Yeah, Larry. KING: What are your hopes for Prop 8 reaching the Supreme Court? And what -- you think eventually we're going to have gay marriage in America?

SYKES: Yes, I do. I mean, I did -- the team we have, you know, fighting it now, Mr. Olson, it's -- I think we're very close to getting to the Supreme Court. And I believe that it will -- Prop 8 will be defeated and that we will have gay marriage across the country. Because it's in the Constitution. I mean, not gay marriage but equality. You know, you can't have discrimination.

And everything that has -- you know, that was wrong and happened in history has been changed by going through the courts.

KING: Don't you -- do you understand the other side of the issue, though, how people --

SYKES: I can understand it. But I think they're wrong. I get it. That's why we have a separation of church and state. You can't have the constitution and your Bible. There's a separation. So I believe everyone should be able to have their religious beliefs, you know, and live by that, if that's what you want to do. But keep it away from the Constitution and what it's saying that we all are equal.

KING: How did it feel to get married?

SYKES: It felt great. It felt great.

KING: Where did you get married?

SYKES: We got married in Palm Springs. Just had a big hot tub. It was crazy, Larry. We had champagne -- no. You're getting excited, weren't you. You were like, hmm. It was like -- it was really spiritual and we had like just a nice weekend and like 40 of our, you know, like closest friends and family. It was fun.

KING: Do you speak French?

SYKES: Un petit peur, just a lit bit . I have to. My wife speaks French to the kids. So I have to learn French. I don't want them ganging up on me. Right now, I just listen for anything that says noir. If it says noir, I know that's black. I go, hey, what are you talking about black for? What's -- so I have to stay on top of it. The kids will be bilingual, hopefully trilingual, because our nanny speaks Spanish.

KING: So you're going to have all three going?


KING: Wanda, you're a sensational act. You're a tremendous performer.

SYKES: Why, thank you. Thank you.

KING: Thank you for being with us. SYKES: I'm so honored to be here.

KING: My honor.

SYKES: I telling you, this makes my career here.

KING: I hope you win.

SYKES: Sitting across from you.

KING: Sunday night. Jimmy Fallon will be here tomorrow.

SYKES: OK. Put a good word in for me.

KING: You'll be there, right?

SYKES: I will be there.

KING: I hope they have the camera right on you.

SYKES: I want to wear a mouthpiece this time. So that way I'll be ready for when they punch me in the face.



KING: Despite a federal ban since 1990, sea turtle poaching remains a big problem in Mexico, specifically along the Northwest Pacific Coast. It's a turtle poaching hotspot as every year six of the world's seven species come to Mexico to nest eggs.

This week's Hero is Oscar Aranda, losing sleep literally in his fight to protect these endangered turtles and their babies.

Take a look.


OSCAR ARANDA, CNN HERO: Last year we can have 200,000 turtles coming to lay their eggs, but this year we are 50 percent less. People are not supposed to poach them, but people believe the eggs are aphrodisiacs. So, this is happening always and everywhere.

My name is Oscar Aranda, and I'm patrolling the Puerto Vallarta beaches to protect the marine turtles.

You have to be there all night. A turtle comes, and if you are not there, then the poachers say, well, let's take it. After they lay their eggs, the babies are alone. She returns into the ocean.

It was right here. We find the nest, we get the eggs, and we bring them into a safe place, like a turtle hatchery. As soon as the babies hatch, we want the people to see them and learn to be part of releasing a baby turtle or something that they will never forget.

My motivation is how brave the turtles are to survive. Against all odds, they continue coming. It's amazing.


KING: More than a half a million baby turtles have been released back into the wild because of Oscar's efforts.

To see more of this story, go to


KING: I want to remind you that Jimmy Fallon and his terrific impressions will be here Monday. Here's a preview.


KING: Let's do some imitations. All right?


KING: We don't have to go long, but just --

FALLON: Do you do any imitations?

KING: No. I just do me.


FALLON: You do a pretty good you, by the way.

KING: Jerry Seinfeld.

FALLON: OK, people. What is this place?


FALLON: What kind of countries are these different-colored dots?

KING: Cosby.

FALLON: You know, the people that command (ph) Larry King with the (INAUDIBLE).


KING: Chris Rock.



KING: Robin Williams.

FALLON: Oh, it's a beautiful thing, yes. Thank you again. Kids (ph) are at home going (INAUDIBLE). Then ball and kick and chain and -- hello? Hi. Oh, yes, I think -- KING: You know the thing about Robin Williams? You can never remember anything he did. Try to repeat the next day Robin Williams' jokes.

FALLON: He does a hundred of them.

KING: I know.

And let's do one more -- Adam Sandler, the one you did.

FALLON: OK. All right. He has, like, three levels, Adam Sandler.

He does the mumbling Adam, where he's, like, how you doing Larry? Good to see you, buddy. All right. How you doing, pal?

And then he does the crazy voice which is like, hey, hey, hey. And then he does the screaming where he goes, hey! Shut up!


KING: Earlier this year we had Mick Jagger on the show, and of all the topics to cover, we discussed you. Watch.



KING: Explain it to a logical person.

JAGGER: Well, what do you mean, what we're doing?

KING: He does you, right?

JAGGER: Oh, he does me? Well, lots of people do me. Jimmy does his version of me, which, of course, is nothing like me. But Jimmy does a funny version of me.


KING: Do you do Jagger? Do you do --

FALLON: I do like -- I do like -- like, that is a fake version of Mick. I mean, the real version of Mick is yelling, is clap, you know, random clap, lower. And pointing at you and mad at you. Hey, what are you doing sitting over there? I'm over here.

Yes! That's why we do it. Do the rooster like that.

KING: Hey, can you do Chris Walken?

FALLON: I don't do him that well.

KING: He's hard to do.

FALLON: Well, I think he's pretty easy to do, but there's guys that do him great, so there's too many guys that do him good. So there's no need for me.

KING: He's in a play where he has one arm. He's in a play where he has one arm.

FALLON: Yes. Is it still on Broadway?

KING: I don't know if it's still running.

FALLON: Yes. Oh, he's fantastic.

KING: He's unbelievable.

FALLON: I love the guy. He's like, I'm the merchant of Venice.


FALLON: OK. Well, there you go. Is anyone buying this?

He's the best though. But, you know, he's one of the nicest guys. He came on to host the show and I was afraid. I was like, oh my God, it's Christopher Walken.

And he was like, "Where's my mark? Just tell me where my mark -- I'll hit my mark."

And I go, "Oh, OK. I think it's right over there."

And I'm like, I'm telling Christopher Walken what's going on? Like, who am I to tell this guy. And then he's like, "Hey, Jimmy Fallon, let's do a song and dance." And I was like --

KING: He's a great dancer.

FALLON: He's the greatest dancer. And I was like, what a fun guy to hang out with. I love him.


KING: Have a great weekend. See you Monday.