Is Keillor coming or going?

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Garrison Keillor is planning to retire, the Star Tribune says:


A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor said Wednesday that he is “not counting on doing it [hosting the show] more than a couple more years.” He added that he would like to see the show continue with more of a musical focus, and that he would love to serve as that show’s producer.

No, he’s not, the Associated Press says:


A couple of friends “made a serious attempt” to get Keillor to retire, he said. “They gave me a beautiful sales pitch. They drew a lovely picture of what it would be like, and I could work on writing books and I could write at my own speed, and I could travel, except I travel now,” Keillor said.

Keillor was unavailable to comment to MPR today.

  • John P.

    It sounds to me like he’s undecided at this point; trying various ideas on for size. It seems natural to think about what you want to do with the rest of your life at a time like this. I think that pretty much everyone does it, but when he thinks out loud, it gets reported.

  • http://www.greatdiv.com Charlie Quimby

    It’s up to him what he wants to do next. He’s earned it. But if he really thinks PHC is just a live musical variety show, he doesn’t have much insight into its success.

    Before long, he’d be doing one show a month at the Cedar Cultural Center and broadcasting live over KFAI.