President Obama Commemorates Carl Kasell's Retirement From 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me'
May 19, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Longtime NPR newsman and former "MORNING EDITION" anchor has reached his retirement day from "WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME," the quiz show produced by CHICAGO PUBLIC MEDIA News-Talk WBEZ/CHICAGO on which he has served as announcer, judge, and scorekeeper. And on FRIDAY, he got a special farewell message to mark the occasion from President BARACK OBAMA.
In a video message, OBAMA joked that after being a trusted voice bringing AMERICA the news for 30 years, "for some reason you joined a show where (host) PETER SAGAL makes you read goofy limericks and makes you imitate everyone from BRITNEY SPEARS to BARACK OBAMA."
KASELL's final regular appearance aired this weekend. He was also lauded and kidded in taped messages from TOM HANKS, STEPHEN COLBERT and KATIE COURIC, and was honored with a cameo on "THE SIMPSONS." In an NPR interview, KASELL, who will take the role of "Scorekeeper Emeritus," said, "I have enjoyed every minute of it. I never consider what I do as work. It has been fun, it's been rewarding and very fulfilling ... I love my work. It's been good to me."
See the president's video here: