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Huell Howser retiring, rumors he's seriously ill

Howser is a minor PBS celebrity in California, who travels the state looking for interesting people and things, narrating it all in the world's biggest cornpone accent. He's been on TV out there for decades. Like Liberace, he's a favorite of old ladies and he's a big closet 'mo. [quote]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.


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