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Garrison Keillor scraps plan to retire

Garrison Keillor has no set plans to retire
Garrison Keillor has no set plans to retire
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Garrison Keillor, award winning author, storyteller and radio personality, is back-pedaling over his decision to leave iconic radio showA Prairie Home Companion” and retire.

The NYTimes reports that the Anoka, MN native, who announced his intentions to leave “Lake Wobegon” in 2013, now says that he is “rethinking the whole brilliant idea.”

Keillor told media that his reasons for wanting to shelve plans for retirement include his enjoyment in doing the show, the program's continued success, and “panic” over the thought of retirement.

The author’s rep, David O’Neill, confirmed that there are no specific plans for his client to stop working, and reiterated the performer’s enjoyment in the show’s production.

In March, the then 69-year old Keillor told AARP that he would not leave the show before finding his replacement.

However, there is no evidence that the show has even begun to approach anyone to take Keillor’s place.

The American themed radio show, which debuted on July 6, 1974, is broadcast not just in the U.S., but also as far away as the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Did you know? In 2006, A Prairie Home Companion hit the big screen in a film directed by Robert Altman, starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly, and featuring Garrison Keillor

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