Garrison Keillor Tells AP 2015-16 'A Prairie Home Companion' Season Will Be His Last
July 20, 2015 at 1:39 PM (PT)
GARRISON KEILLOR's retirement plans have been alluded to and announced and un-announced, but on MONDAY (7/20), he told the ASSOCIATED PRESS that he is indeed retiring after next season's run of "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION."
As the host has indicated before, bluegrass musician CHRIS THILE will be KEILLOR's permanent replacement; KEILLOR will remain Executive Producer but he will no longer appear weekly and his "Lake Wobegon" monologues and recurring sketches will not be a part of the retooled show. KEILLOR's final show as host will be in JULY 2016, and THILE, who has filled in for KEILLOR already, will take the reins of the public radio mainstay in SEPTEMBER 2016.