In the wake of John McLaughlin‘s death, producers of the McLaughlin Group say the show will honor the host’s legacy in one final show this weekend, and then sign off after 34 years.
John Roberts, the show’s senior producer, told Variety that McLaughlin made his wishes clear before his death. “We talked about it at some length,” Roberts said. “John finally said ‘What would be so wrong if when I finish up I just turn the lights out?’”
Roberts said McLaughlin had decided to reject an offer to buy the McLaughlin Group franchise in a deal that would have seen McLaughlin retire two years after selecting a successor. A final roundtable will air this weekend, but a longer tribute show may be produced at a later date.
McLaughlin died this week at 89.