May 29, 2017

Garrison Keillor talks “Prairie Home” retirement


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: After decades spent entertaining radio, film and television audiences, “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor has hinted at a retirement.

In an interview with the AARP Bulletin, Keillor, 68, said he’ll retire when he turns 70 (in the spring of 2013), but plans to find a replacement for his wildly successful public radio variety program before he departs the airwaves.

“I’m pushing forward, and also I’m in denial. It’s an interesting time of life,” Keillor said in the interview.

He then elaborated to the AP that 70 “seems like a nice round number.”

“The reason to retire is to try to avoid embarrassment; you ought to do it before people are dropping big hints. You want to be the first to come up with the idea. You don’t want to wait until you trip and fall off the stage.”

Possible replacements include singer Sara Watkins of the band Nickel Creek, who hosted “Companion” once earlier this year.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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