Thursday, November 24, 2011

Robert Osborne Taking a Break

Turner Classic Movies has posted the announcement below on the Main Page of, their Member's forum, and on Facebook.
Robert Osborne
"Beginning today, Robert Osborne plans to take a short break from his TCM hosting duties for minor surgery, followed by a vacation. Osborne, who recently signed a multi-year agreement with TCM, plans to return to the network in three months and will also attend the first TCM Classic Cruise in December. He will continue to appear on TCM as part of several features, including the Guest Programmer series, The Essentials and Race & Hollywood: Arab Images on Film. Many of Osborne's hosting duties will be handled on a temporary basis by a number of special guests and friends of the network, including Robert Wagner (week of July 11), Jane Powell (week of July 18) and Tippi Hedren (week of July 25). Other guest hosts will be announced in the coming weeks."
I join the thousands of people who will miss Robert Osborne's personal warmth and love of films on the network during his recovery, and sincerely hope that his time away allows him to fully heal and to return to share his insights into classic movies with all of us again after a vacation. Have fun, Bob. You deserve it.

Update! Robert Osborne is returning on December 1, 2011!! After some delay in his reappearance as the host of TCM's evening and The Essentials programming, the welcome news is that Mr. O.'s familiar and welcome presence will again grace Turner Classic Movies. Look for the countdown dates until his return in the sidebar. Better yet, enjoy R.O.'s relaxed and rested announcement in the following video:


DorianTB said...

Moira, I had a feeling Robert Osborne still wasn't feeling 100% his usual debonair yet jovial self. I hope the 3-month vacation will do him good, and that he'll be feeling fine in no time!

Moira Finnie said...

I have a similar feeling, Dorian. I also hope that this minor medical issue is soon behind him so that Robert Osborne can enjoy his well-deserved vacation restored to his blithe and gentle self once again.

It may not be cool to say, but quite simply, the man is beloved.

Caftan Woman said...

Hospitals are not fun, but I'm sure Mr. Osborne will have the staff eating out of his hand.

I hope he has fun watching the pinch-hitters and returns better than ever.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

He will be missed. Too bad there are not more of his calibre on TV. He's swell.

Laura said...

Mr. Osborne has been hosting uninterrupted at TCM for longer than I've had cable -- it seems so strange without him there! Like all of you I hope he is soon feeling great and back to introducing movies. Mr. Osborne is rather like Vin Scully calling the Dodgers games -- by now he feels like an old friend we're glad to have in our home several times a week.

Best wishes,

Moira Finnie said...

It is so good to see the outpouring of affection and good wishes for Robert Osborne everywhere on the internet.

I am certain that since RO recently renewed his contract with TCM, the company will stand by him in this hiatus, just as he has stuck with TCM since 1994 without a break.

I know we will all miss his presence, but during the three months off, it is fun to see Mr. Osborne's friends, such as Robert Wagner, Jane Powell and Tippi Hedren pinch-hitting for him. At least we have those pre-recorded segments between movies and before and after The Essentials to help us enjoy this gentleman's company at least a few times weekly.

Thanks to all who have responded to this post.

The Lady Eve said...

I'm hoping Robert Osborne returns from his hiatus rested, feeling very well and raring to go for many more years. TCM has been so fortunate to have RO as its "face" from the one could possibly have done a better job.

nick said...

He's back tonight. I interviewed him!

Moira Finnie said...

Many thanks to the author, Nick Thomas, for his heads up about the interview with Robert Osborne in yesterday's Washington Post.

As Robert Osborne explains to his many concerned friends in his audience in the interview, his absence was not really as mysterious or dramatic as it might have seemed. “I had a few medical tests, got dental work done, and had crowns put on some teeth, then took a much-needed rest,” [he] said a few days ago from his New York apartment. “I’ve never really taken a vacation since I started working for TCM, so I was ready. Just this year, from January to June, I took 23 airplane trips and was quite exhausted. I was determined to keep away from airports! So I went absolutely nowhere — didn’t even leave Manhattan. I’ve lived in New York for over 20 years and never spent so much time there. It was wonderful.”

The full article can be seen here.


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