Robert Osborne to take medical leave from Turner Classic Movies

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Fans of Turner Classic Movie marathons will soon be facing a three-month void as the channel’s long-time host, Robert Osborne, is planning a leave of absence. TCM said in a statement Monday that Osborne will undergo minor surgery, without specifying a particular ailment. Osborne has held his hosting tenure since 1994, and will take a vacation after his surgery.

Fans of the iconic host were reminded that Osborne recently renewed his contract with the channel, so he will definitely return when the three months are up. In the meantime, viewers can look forward to guest hosts like Tippi Hedren, Jane Powell, and Robert Wagner to fill the void. TCM will also air pre-recorded segments with Osborne, including his weekly showings of must-see films, The Essentials.

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  • John

    Get better soon Robert! Watching classics just isnt the same withou you.

    • Lori

      I have missed you greatly even though you have had some really greatly classic people fill in for you. However, there is no one that can replace Robert Osbourne, especially Ben Mankiewicz. He is okay, but he doesn’t have the class or joie de vie that you have. Two years of the Bowery Boys and Tarzan just about did me in on the weekends and that says a lot for me! I taped during the week so I wouldn’t have to watch him. Anyway, I am counting the days until we get our handsome, sophisticated knowlegable and classy guy back! My prayers are with you. God bless!!!

    • CHERYL MOHER

      ROBERT, YOU ARE SO GREATLY MISSED! I DON’T KNOW ANYONE WHO WATCHES TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES THAT HASN’T AGREED WITH ME. YOU ARE NOT ONLY THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSON THERE IS ABOUT THE MOVIES, BUT YOU BRING A PERSONAL ELEMENT TO YOUR STORIES BECAUSE OF YOUR CONNECTION TO SO MANY STARS. NO ONE IS MORE ELEGANT AND CLASSY THAN YOU. I’VE BEEN A FAN SINCE THE PROGRAM STARTED. COME BACK TO US SOON! IT’S JUST NOT TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES WITHOUT YOU. GOD BLESS! CHERYL MOHER SCOTTSDALE AZ

    • Ed McKay

      You are able to capture the essence of each movie presented, and the goodness of the performers through your basic pleasant nature and outlook on life.No wonder they all loved you, and trusted you. You treated everyone fairly.

  • Morgan

    Hopefully he gets well soon. While I’ll miss him, it’s a nice idea to have guest hosts with a connection to classic movies.

  • prish

    Part of my daily TV fix is to fast rewind the movies to see and hear his comments. I keep the home channel on tcm while watching other shows on the dvr recorder. His comments are always so alive and scholarly. They make my day.

  • Sam

    Love Robert, it won’t be the same without him. Will never forget seeing him having dinner with Bette Davis.
    Speady recovery!

  • Glenn

    To a gentleman who epitomizes grace in an industry known for anything but– a speedy recovery!

  • mary

    Iwish him a fast recovery, he is one of the best!

  • Kisha

    I wish him the best with his surgery.I have been watching him since TCM started.

  • michigan mike

    Get well, Robert! You put the class in classic movies! We’ll miss you!

  • ruth

    No one can fill his shoes. Robert, get well quickly and get back to us.

  • Dan Brenneis

    I love Robert`s intensity, professionalism and intelligence when it comes to hosting TCM`S film programming. You will be missed, Robert! Get well soon! I do think it`s great having “fill-ins” like Tippi Hedren and Robert Wagner, though! THAT should be interesting!

  • Ben

    You’re my hero, Robert. A full and speedy recovery to you!

  • markus

    have loved and appreciated Robert’s efforts on behalf of classic films. Hopes to a speedy recovery.

  • Sue1

    Nice idea for the fill-ins, but it won’t be the same without Osbourne. I wish him the best.

  • claudenorth

    In recent months, I thought he seemed a bit off his game during his introductions and wondered if he was not well. Here’s wishing him a complete recovery!

  • Ben

    I want to wish Robert Osborne a speedy recovery. TCM is one of my favorite networks. Mr. Osborne is one of the reasons why. He’s a classic host for a classic network.

    • Tina E.

      Yea!!! Mr. Osborne is almost back! Have missed you..
      thank you so very much for expanding my enjoyment
      of the movies! Your “education” of the stars, the writers
      directors, on and on have made this experience so
      enjoyable. Kudos to your “guests host”on TCM, but there’s only one Robert Osborne! God Bless!

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