Baxter, who has hosted the show alongside Kevin Ryder since it launched in 1989, made the surprise announcement Wednesday morning.
Gene “Bean” Baxter is leaving KROQ’s morning showKevin & Bean after 30 years.
Baxter, who has hosted the show alongside Kevin Ryder since it launched in 1989, made the surprise announcement on the program at the top of the 7 a.m. hour Wednesday morning.
He also 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 friends and family there. He said he’s been mulling this decision over with his wife, fashion designer Donna Baxter, for years, and decided it was the right time to make the move. He added that Luke Perry’s death Monday at age 52 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.”
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