Wednesday, March 6, 2019

LA Radio: Bean leaving KROQ (video); Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly
(Eddie Vedder) Gene "Bean" Baxter has long been phoning it in from Seattle.

It took 30 years but The Kevin & Bean Show is finally falling apart with the firing of Lisa May, the dumping of comic Ralph Garman, and now the departure of Bean. The biggest dagger in the corpse of the show has been the addition of show-killer Ally Mac Kay, but no one tell her that. The show has enough problems without her.

(FOX 11) Funnyman Ralph Garman explains his forced exit

Gene "Bean" and wife Donna Baxter
Baxter, who has hosted the show alongside Kevin Ryder since it launched in 1989, made the surprise announcement this (Wednesday) morning at 7:00 am.
[Autistic or on the spectrum] Gene "Bean" Baxter is leaving KROQ's morning show Kevin & Bean after 30 years.

He tweeted the news, explaining his decision to depart: "Just announced on the @KevinAndBean Show, after 30 years I am leaving the show at the end of the year to move back home to England, the ninth largest island in the world. Much more to come on this."
On the air he noted that he is a British citizen, having been born there, and visits England quite often given he has [alleged] friends and family there. He said he's been mulling this decision over with his Latina wife, fashion designer Donna Baxter, for years, and decided it was the right time to make the move.

(KROQ) More talent has come out of this show -- from Jimmy Kimmel to Adam Corolla to Mike Catherwood -- than seems to go in. Kevin & Bean are the least famous.

He added that Luke Perry's death Monday at age 52 [youthful compared to crotchety ol' Bean, estimated to be in his 60s or 70s, who may look worse for donating his kidney] from a massive stroke was a wake-up call.

"It's another reminder that tomorrow is not guaranteed for anybody, and we have been talking about moving to Europe for years," he said. "But at what point are we going to do it? It can't always be a spot on the horizon. When you're young and healthy enough to enjoy it, you can't put off things that you've been looking forward to in life forever."

Baxter indicated that he'll be looking for a radio gig in the U.K., adding that he believes "the odds are stacked against me because of my age and my dumb American accent." He added that he felt that "30 years makes sense to me." More

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