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06/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Greta Van Susteren Defends Larry King

In the past, Greta Van Susteren has used her blog to go after her former network, CNN. But Monday she took the bold and surprising step of writing a defense of CNN personality Larry King.

Greta said that King, the subject of a particularly critical AP article, manages the #1 show on CNN "with no support or promo for his show."

"I appreciate Larry," she wrote. "Frankly, Larry's success probably helped pay my salary and my staff when I was at CNN since his show made lots of money for CNN and funded just about everything there. Yes, in the old days, CNN stood solidly behind Larry and knew what he was doing for the network which is key to a show's success. If a network makes someone invisible or sends out some subliminal message that the person is no long a part of the team, it is very difficult to succeed."

Greta says that CNN execs have "squandered an asset" in King, whose ratings in the first quarter of 2010 were down 43% compared to a year ago (for comparison, his MSNBC competitor at 9PM, Rachel Maddow, was also down 38% in the same period).

"Don't tell me Larry is old and can't do it anymore," she added. "I don't believe it. "Larry's show could still be successful and also make a ton of money for CNN - unless CNN lets Larry get destroyed."

Greta added by saying that she considers herself a friend of King's.

"Yes, I consider myself a friend to Larry but I have not spoken to him in years," she said..

Read Greta's full post here.