CNN announced that Kyra Phillips will be interviewing humorist Art Buchwald on Friday…
CNN anchor Kyra Phillips visits Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Art Buchwald on Friday, Nov. 3, at his Washington, D.C., home in his first television interview since leaving hospice for what was thought to be terminal kidney failure. The conversation will air throughout the afternoon edition of CNN Newsroom, anchored by Phillips and Don Lemon weekdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (ET).
Suffering kidney failure, Buchwald moved to the Washington Home and Hospice in 2005 and in February of this year opted to forgo dialysis that would keep him alive. Awaiting death, Buchwald prepared for his funeral and final arrangements with his trademark sense of wit. Months later, Buchwald remains alive with his kidneys functioning again.
“Ever since I was 20 years old and struggling through my first piece of college copy, Art always looked me in the eye and said, ‘One day I expect to pick up the paper and read about you’,” Phillips said. “Being able to go on air and let him share what may be his last book is one of the best gifts I think I can ever give him.”
Phillips’ conversation with her mentor Buchwald comes after the columnist returned home from the hospice and as his latest book, Too Soon to Say Goodbye, arrives in bookstore. The interview, which will include guests such as former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, will highlight how Buchwald cheated death through laughter and close friendships.