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Garrison Keillor says he'll retire in 2013

The Prairie Home Companion host announced spring '13 exit in AARP's Bulletin, appropriately enough. Keillor says he needs to find a replacement host first.

I hope he wasn't wearing a Favre jersey.

Here's the full interview and the key question:

Q. Regarding A Prairie Home Companion , you've said, "I'm not sure a person should be doing this much beyond 70." On the other hand, you recently referred to yourself as the "not retiring" Garrison Keillor. Do you plan to scale back at some point?

A. I am planning to retire in the spring of 2013, but first I have to find my replacement. I'm pushing forward, and also I'm in denial. It's an interesting time of life.

Keillor turns 70 in August 2012.

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Comments (5)

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...I wonder if the government's defunding of NPR, gravy (welfare) train, has anything to do with it????

I doubt it.

He's been talking retirement, scaling back, for a while now.

And the AARP Bulletin deadline/lag time argues against it.

But it appears this blog has its share of trolls as well.

It'll be a long two years. He passed his "use by" date a long time ago.

Well then, Hal, you can use the Tune buttons/dial on your radio to avoid MPR for 4 hours each week, sort of like how I use my radio to avoid programs I don't like.

Mr. Keillor should stay working as long as he wants and as long as he is physically and mentally able. After-all, we've had in the recent past an octogenarian President who used to be a performer of sorts at one time.

My only stipulations to Garrison is that he cease forthwith any singing of songs and reading of poetry. He has always been awful in both areas. But he is very good at telling stories and jokes and writing; please keep those up.