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Following the death of TV series creator and host John McLaughlin, at the age of 89, The McLaughlin Group TV show is winding to a close, after 34 years on the air. The weekly syndicated half-hour public affairs roundtable ran mostly on PBS stations in the Us. Regular panelists include Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page, and Tom Rogan. Paul Glastris, Mort Zuckerman, and David Rennie were frequent guests. Past contributors include: Lawrence O'Donnell, Chris Matthews, Katty Kay, and Al Hunt.Variety reports that while the show was well-established enough that it could have withstood a a new host, it was McLaughlin who decided -- five years ago -- that the show should end when he was finished with it. According to the report, he missed his very first episode, due to health problems, last week. The final episode will air this week. Check »
John McLaughlin’s “The McLaughlin Group” will come to an end this week following the host’s death on Tuesday, TheWrap has learned. McLaughlin served as host, creator and executive producer on the program, which aired on multiple PBS stations across the country. The program, which first launched in 1982, has featured a panel of hosts, which most recently included McLaughlin, Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and Tom Rogan. The remaining panelists will tape one final episode before the show comes to an end. Also Read: John McLaughlin, Host of 'The McLaughlin Group,' Dies at 89 McLaughlin died on »
- Reid Nakamura
After 34 years, the curtain will fall on “The McLaughlin Group” after this week’s installment.
John McLaughlin, creator and host of the public affairs TV staple, died at age 89 on Wednesday. The show is so well-established that it likely could have transitioned with a new moderator at the helm.
But McLaughlin made his wishes known about the show’s future five years ago when he received an offer from Anschutz Media Group to buy the franchise, according to John Roberts, a senior producer for “McLaughlin Group.”
Anschutz’s lucrative offer called for McLaughlin retire within two years after grooming a successor as moderator of the four-person panel debating political headlines and issues of the day.
“We talked about it at some length,” Roberts told Variety, noting McLaughlin ultimately passed on the deal. “John finally said ‘What would be so wrong if when I finish up I just turn the lights out?’”
- Cynthia Littleton
The McLaughlin Group Facebook page reported the news. "Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, »
“As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives,” “McLaughlin Group” said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “For 34 years, ‘The McLaughlin Group’ informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered.”
McLaughlin launched the half-hour program in 1982. He was known for his bombastic, jowly demeanor and direct approach to debating the week’s headlines and issues with four other panelists. He was often heard to shout “wrong!” when he disagreed with a subject. He signature sign-off was an exaggerated pronunciation of “Bye-bye.”
The series has been a staple of public TV stations around the country and has aired since 2008 on Wcbs-tv New York and NBC affiliate Wusa-tv »
- Maria Cavassuto
John McLaughlin, host of the syndicated political talk show “The McLaughlin Group,” died at the age of 89 on Tuesday, according to the show’s official Facebook account. “Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89,” the Facebook post read. “As a former jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered.” Journalist Eleanor Clift, a longtime. »
- Joshua Rich
“I am under the weather,” McLaughlin explained in a note that prefaced this week’s telecast. His distinct, once-bellowing voice, heard in pre-taped intros, is “weaker than usual,” McLaughlin acknowledged. “Yet my spirit is strong and my dedication to the show remains absolute!”
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