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Huell Howser among some California poppies.
Courtesy: Cameron Tucker

Huell Howser, the longtime public television personality and host of California’s Gold, is reportedly retiring.

KVIE notes that Howser’s programs will continue to air, but he will no longer be making any new programs. California’s Gold has been running for 19 years.

A Marine Corps veteran, Howser’s television career started in his home-state of Tennessee. He then moved to California in 1981 to be a reporter at the Los Angeles station KCBS. Eventually, he ended up at KCET where he would produce a show named Videolog that evolved into California’s Gold – a show celebrating the nature, history and culture of California.

Howser has since appeared in numerous other programs owing to his public television persona – including two episodes of the Simpsons, Winnie the Pooh, and the film “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

Huell Howser (from Howser’s Facebook page)

“KVIE is proud of the work Huell has done as one of California’s finest ambassadors and KVIE will continue to air the series. He’s looking forward to some much deserved rest and relaxation. We’ll be honored if he does it here in California,” wrote KVIE President and General Manager David Lowe in a statement.

Full episodes of California’s Gold are available on iTunes for free– https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/californias-gold-cape-mendocino/id201775955?i=108081338