Keillor retirement comment stirs the pot

keillor.jpgA blog post by Hartford Courant columnist Colin McEnroe again raises the question of Garrison Keillor’s retirement plans.

Garrison Keillor on my show today saying he’s rethinking retirement from PHC in 2013.

“I’m starting to doubt that myself. I’ve been thinking about it, thinking: what else would I do? And I can’t come up with anything….If I didn’t do it I would wind up in a tiny walk-up apartment with a couple of cats.”

Of course, anyone who has been following this story closely will know the Old Scout has mused about the various possibilities of stepping down from Prairie Home in coming years, and even experimented with a guest host on the show.

However, while he has ruminated about retiring with various outlets, most notably the AARP, he has never actually set a date. In recent weeks people working on the show have told me the topic of retirement hasn’t really come up.

A call to the Prairie Home office this morning revealed Keillor is again on the road, doing a city-a-day tour on the east coast, and so he was unavailable for comment. So, the mystery continues…