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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:22 PM

Huell Howser quietly retires from public TV's 'California's Gold'

TV host Huell Howser and his humble but curious demeanor 'is retiring from filming new shows or making appearances,' his assistant says. Rumors of an illness can't be confirmed.
By Scott Collins

November 28, 2012, 6:00 a.m.

He was so good at talking to people on TV that "The Simpsons" gently mocked his folksy, aw-shucks demeanor. But now it looks as if Huell Howser intends to fade away without comment.

Howser, the white-maned public TV host with the Southern accent who's famed for blurting out "That's amazing!" during interviews, has retired from making original episodes of his program "California's Gold," which travels around the state tracking down interesting people and places. The shows air on numerous statewide public TV stations, including KCET-TV Channel 28.

Speculation that the 67-year-old Howser is seriously ill has been circulating among local TV industry veterans in recent weeks, and insiders reported that he has not been seen for months at his Los Angeles office. On Tuesday the Sacramento Bee reported that Howser was retiring but added that he doesn't wish to make an official announcement.

"Huell is retiring from filming new shows or making appearances (or interviews) but the show will continue to air in reruns for awhile," Ryan Morris, Howser's assistant, wrote in an email to The Times. "We have been gradually winding down all year but Huell has decided to stop, come December 31st."

More: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-1128-huell-howser-20121128,0,6710999.story


Goodbye, Huell Howser!

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OnionPatch Nov 2012 #2
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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:32 PM

1. I am sure going to miss him

I just loved the folksy manner and down home approach he took on all of his shows. It seemed as though people would open up wide for him and you could tell that they genuinely enjoyed talking to him. He is a treasure.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:35 PM

2. No!



My family and I love Huell. We moved to CA in '95 and we'll always be grateful to him for helping us learn so many cool things about our new home. Thanks, Huell!

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:50 PM

3. Bummer. We will miss him.

I've been watching him for 23 years. What a breath of fresh air he is.

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Response to Starboard Tack (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:47 AM

6. As far as I can tell...

...he's a solid, honest, and earnest guy.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:13 PM

4. I really really hope the illness rumors are untrue - Huell is a true California treasure,

and he deserves a long happy retirement...

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:03 AM

5. CALIFORNIA'S GOLD FOREVER

 

I know his programs will continue to be broadcast because they are that entertaining and interesting. This man made exploring California so fun that his shows will be playing for YEARS.

Who has to travel and see the many interesting places in the state when we can watch CALIFORNIA GOLD or the other programs about parks, etc. Then we can go see the place ourselves. I like the interviews with people he meets on the road and his questions. The hundred of miles that are required to see so much in one state.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:27 AM

7. Great show. Great host.

I'll miss it too

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:20 PM

8. I've visited quite a few new places because of his show.

And learned about a lot more.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:15 PM

9. Good guy. And a great show. Hope he's well and enjoys his retirement.

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