Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Craig Kilborn Speaks in a Talk Show News Exclusive: He's Retired

After asking "Whatever happened to Craig Kilborn?" in a post that's become the #1 most viewed on this blog, I finally succeeded in tracking down Kilby's representatives so I could ask them for a statement on what the former "Late Late Show" and "Daily Show" host is up to these days. Here's the news, and it's not looking good for fans hoping for a comeback.

When Craig Kilborn gracefully exited late night he referred to it as "early retirement" and he wasn't bluffing. Mr. Kilborn spends his days restoring his 1927 Spanish home in the hills, listening to Miles Davis, and drinking moderately priced red wine. "Is $70 a bottle expensive?" asked Craig. "I've kinda lost touch."

23 comments :

  1. Anonymous said...

    http://articles.latimes.com/2001/jul/29/realestate/re-27817

    Are we sure this is a new quote? I seem to remember him saying something similar a few years back.

  2. Talk Show News said...

    Whether it's 100% new I don't know for sure, but I didn't get any hits when I Googled a couple of the phrases, so I'm pretty sure this is the only place it exists on the Internet...

  3. Anonymous said...

    great job talk show news! hilarious quote from kilby. i bet for the right situation he'll 'unretire'.

  4. Anonymous said...

    I would love to see Craig Kilborn back on tv. Please come back Craig!!!

  5. Anonymous said...

    Craig was never a talent of any kind. A lame comedian, an uninterested interviewer, an uniformed sports talker.

  6. Anonymous said...

    wrong on all accounts mr. miserable, kilby is naturally hilarious, was the best interviewer in late night, and knows more about the nba than anybody.
    come back dear craiggers!!!

  7. Anonymous said...

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/news-team/craig-kilborn

    This is where the quote is from

  8. Talk Show News said...

    Well, then I guess it's a non-exclusive. I wish his publicists could have come up with a fresh quote, but maybe Kilborn is retired from speaking to the media!

  9. Anonymous said...

    Anybody know that is Kilborn still doing speaking engagement?

  10. Anonymous said...

    No.5 doesn't know anything, Sportscenter; The Daily Show was on point and needed him there and his position at his former late show showed a happy and healthy individual who had a rapport with all the happening guests

  11. Anonymous said...

    Miles Davis and Wine? A decade ago it was Jobim and cigars.

    "Is $70 a bottle expensive?"

    Oh give me a break! Not only his he a douchebag, he's also a cliche.

  12. Anonymous said...

    it can't be a cliche if only kilby says it. take your anger away from this positive website. and why do you know what he said a decade ago? are you a tortured fan?

    kilby rules!! superior taste!!

  13. Anonymous said...

    God Bless Craig Kilborn, he is a great American. If you have love for Craiggers join the facebook group "I miss craig kilborn like the desert misses the rain"- it is by far the classiest of his online fan groups and he told me personally he wants you to join it.

  14. B said...

    bring back Craiggers and Yambo!

  15. Arturo Ui said...

    Craig Kilborn always struck me as unusually hostile and smug, even for a talk show host. I was glad to see Conan destroy him in the ratings.

  16. Anonymous said...

    On November 22, 2007 this article was posted on http://www.theonion.com/content/news/gin_soaked_craig_kilborn_shows_up

    Craig Kilborn, the former host of The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn, actor from the film The Benchwarmers, and SportsCenter anchor from 1993 to 1997, was spotted at 5:30 a.m. this morning broke, homeless, and passed out in front of ESPN's SportsCenter studios.

    This doesn't sound like retired to me, more like down on his luck.

    I would like to see him come back to late night talk tv, get rid of Jay and Conan and give Craig Kilborn the spot!

  17. Talk Show News said...

    Anonymous #16, notice the source -- The Onion, the satirical newspaper/web site. That is not real.

  18. Anonymous said...

    Kilborn left the show because they would not let him have a band- even Kimmel has a band now, so I'm glad he left on a matter of principle. We probably should also be asking where is Alan Havey since he preceeded Kilborn with a talk show on old Comedy Central which was pretty damn good with co-host Nick Bakay (he created the first comedy sports spoof show- Sports Monster which was awesome funny but got pulled because it was too funny when they made jokes about coach and St. Jimmy Vee).

    Kilborn would come back if he needed too. But he was a bit too cool for hot and sappy US TV.

  19. Anonymous said...

    Did you really cite the onion as a news source?

  20. Anonymous said...

    Saw Picture of Graig Kilborn on Daily Show when Jon S Did a Chat Roulette with Olberman it was behind Olberman on the wall.

  21. Anonymous said...

    It's easy to get buried in the past.
    NY

  22. Malibujim said...

    Too bad that Craig chose to quit the Late, Late Show ! He's the only one that I'd stay up that late to watch. Really miss him.

  23. Anonymous said...

    i miss craig kilborn and wish he would come back. craig ferguson is ok but then i wouldn't really know because his snake cup chases me off so when david letterman goes off i change station because i cannot stand craig ferguson cup with the snake on it. craig kilborn i wish you all the best in life and hope you are still the same.