Report: Garrison Keillor reconsidering retirement

keillor.jpgIs he or isn’t he? Nine months after saying he’d retire as host of A Prairie Home Companion in the spring 2013, Garrison Keillor again said he’s reconsidering.

In the Sioux City Journal report Thursday, Keillor tells the paper he thought about leaving A Prairie Home Companion.

And then it panicked me … which got me to rethinking the whole brilliant idea. The show is going well. I love doing it. Why quit?

David O’Neill, APHC’s marketing director, said in an email to MPR News that Keillor has no specific plans to retire.

The story comes two weeks after Hartford Courant columnist Colin McEnroe posted an item raising questions of his retirement plans.

Keillor in McEnroe’s post:

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.

Keillor’s first public mention of retirement came in this interview in the AARP Bulletin in March.

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.

  • j chesnut

    Taking cues from Brett Favre?

  • Christopher Gray

    So can I get my money back for December tickets if he doesn’t retire?

    Christopher Gray

  • Teresa

    I had decided to remain a sustaining member of MPR in anticipation of Garrison Keillor’s retirement. Back to square one.

  • Nate

    What would December tickets or being a sustaining member of MPR have to do with Garrison Keillor reconsidering his retirement a year-and-a-half from now in the spring of 2013? Or how is it even anywhere near Brett Favre actually retiring and then doing the whole will-he-won’t-he near the deadline before unretiring? Troll much?

  • Christina

    I will take Garrison Keillor as host of APHC as long as he’s willing to do it. His writing is so enjoyable and clever, and his radio thespians are wonderful to listen to.