The "California's Gold" TV host with the curious demeanor "is retiring from filming new shows or making appearances," his assistant says. Rumors of an illness can't be confirmed.
Huell Howser has been doing basically the same job since the 1970s. "You could tell me that I couldn't go outside of a five-mile radius ... [and] there's enough right within five miles to keep me busy the rest of my life," he said. "Why are we looking so hard? It's right under our noses."