After months of threats, and amid gunshots outside his studio (while on the air) in Pahrump, Nevada. Art Bell has decided the show is simply not ‘worth the risk’.
He posted on his website at ArtBell.com this evening, explaining why:
“I am sorry to have to announce this but I will not be on Tonight or any other night, yes I am going to hang it up. Whoever this crazy person is, they are not stopping and it has come to the point that we as a Family do not feel it is worth the risk.
While I think the person or persons are after me, my Wife and now my Daughter are really scared, the other night after the latest incident my Daughter was off in the corner of her bed scared to death as the Police cars came screaming up. I will not put my Family through this.
As you all know I dearly love what I do but not at the expense of never ending Terrorism. I want to thank those of you who have shown so much support and it has been my joy, short as it has been to have cracked that Mic open for a last time.
This was a Family decision. The girls stuck with me and still would but if one of them were harmed because of what I love doing my life would be over.”
On a personal note: It was Art Bell who first inspired me to become a talk show host back in the mid-nineties. I would stay up on school nights listening to his program (often scared to death) only to wake up and go to band practice three hours later. Thanks for everything Art! You will be missed.