— "I am planning to retire in the spring of 2013, but first I have to find my replacement. I'm pushing forward, and also I'm in denial. It's an interesting time of life."
— On the issue of retirement in general, "when I was younger, I was all in favor of it, and now that I'm at that age, I'm not sure. 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. But on the other hand, it's so much fun."
Keep in mind, fans: Keillor left the show once before (in 1987), only to return to the airwaves two years later.
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Update at 4:35 p.m. ET. And Another Reason For Fans To Doubt He's Leaving?
"I don't consider it news because Garrison has been talking about things like this for the last couple of years and when Garrison says it, it doesn't necessarily mean anything more than that morning's musings," Kling told Combs.