"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: