Garrison Keillor to Retire in 2013

By
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Author Garrison Keillor speaks during the 2009 Moth Ball at Capitale on November 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images) Photo: Ben Hider/2009 Ben Hider

The Prairie Home Companion host, who has been bringing his show to radio listeners on and off for 40 years, will leave the program in 2013, he said. Speaking to AARP magazine (natch), the 68-year-old storyteller assured his fans that he'll find a replacement before he goes. "I sure don't want to make a fool of myself and be singing romantic duets with 25-year-old women when I'm 75," he said. "But on the other hand, it's so much fun. And in radio, the lighting is right." Even if he does find a replacement, it just won't be the same hearing another voice say, "Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."

Interview With Garrison Keillor on 'Good Poems: American Places' [AARP]