Actor John Goodman today announced that he would be retiring his long-standing characters of 'Rush Limbaugh' and 'Michael Moore' after the end of 2006.
"I've had a good run with both of them, and have no regrets," Goodman stated. However, he added that it was becoming too hard to keep the two roles separate. "They are pretty much the same character," he stated, "and I've had a lot of problems lately with slipping from one to the other in the middle of shooting. During the first fifteen years I played Limbaugh, there was no trouble, but ever since I introduced the character of Moore in 1996, it's gotten to be a serious problem. Besides, twenty-five years of playing one absurd egomaniac is enough, never mind two of them."
Goodman espressed concern with the declining ratings for the Limbaugh show, which has recently been overshadowed by Jerry Springer's popular "The O'Reilly Factor", a similar production which Springer developed as a counterpoint to his own long standing 'Oliver Stone' character. He also stated that he felt that political humor was ceasing to be effective. "Nothing I can say could possibly be as silly as what the real politicians are doing," he explained. "The Very Special Drug Abuse episodes didn't get the ratings boost I was hoping for, and frankly, I've carried on as far as I can. I hope my faithful fans will understand that I want to end the series on a high note, before it gets stale."