Larry King and Shawn Southwick King
12/05/2011 at 07:20 PM EST
When Larry King dies, he wants to be placed in a state of "suspendered" animation.
"I want to be frozen on the hope that they'll find whatever I died of and bring me back," he tells a table of celebrities on CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings, airing Sunday from the former talk show host's dining room.
The announcement by the 78-year-old King momentarily stuns his dinner companions who include Russell Brand, Seth MacFarlane, Tyra Banks and Conan O'Brien.
"This is big news," O'Brien says. "You would like to be frozen? This is news to me."
"It's the only hedging of a bet," answers King.