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Jennifer Arellano
September 27, 2013 AT 04:13 PM EDT

Larry King will serve as temporary host of Keith Olbermann’s ESPN2 show Olbermann.

King will appear on Oct. 1 to 3. Olbermann will be absent from the show starting Sept. 30 in order to host TBS’ MLB post-season show, according to the network’s press release.

“I am a great admirer of Keith Olbermann who I think is the quintessential sports host,” said King in the press release.  “Sports have always been my avocation – they’re part of my being.  Having the chance to come back to my hometown of New York and host Keith’s show for several days is a terrific joy for me and a return to my first love.”

King will also appear as a guest on tonight’s episode of Olbermann.

Olbermann will return on Oct. 21.

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