What Is the Motivation for Celebrities to Retire?

More celebrity retirements that are prearranged strategies to enhance a career. Clint Eastwood, Richard Nixon, Brett Favre, Garth Brooks, and Stephen King retired often.

Clint Eastwood retires after "Gran Torino"!

"That will probably do it for me as far as acting is concerned" said Clint after "Gran Torino". In a separate interview he proclaimed: "You always want to quit while you are ahead." That was in November 2008. 

In 2012, Clint Eastwood returned to acting in "Trouble with the Curve". His close friend, director Steven Spielberg, says he will not even consider retiring until Clint Eastwood does.

President Richard Nixon Resigns From Office!

After losing the gubernatorial race in California to Pat Brown in 1962, Nixon made his famous quote: "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference." By the end of 1967, Nixon had told his family that he was running for president.

On June 17, 1972, five men entered the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington D.C. They were caught.

Seventeen months later, at a televised press conference, President Nixon made another often quoted statement: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got."

Just six months and a day after his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention, President Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States. That was the only presidential resignation.

Troyal Garth Brooks Finally Did It Too!

I say "finally" because he talked about it for years, having mentioned it in 1992, 1995, and 1999. On October 26, 2000, Garth officially announced his retirement from recording and performing. He said he would remain retired until his youngest daughter, Allie, became 18 years old.

Although officially retired, Garth Brooks performed to nine sold-out shows in Kansas City in November 2007. Only one performance had been scheduled.

On October 15, 2009 Garth announced that he was coming out of retirement to do weekend performances in Las Vegas. "We're going to take the retirement roof off over our head, and I already feel taller...", he said. Garth had access to a company jet that would return him to his Oklahoma home between performances.

Scandals and theatrics seemed to find Garth.

  • In 2005, he donated $500,000 to Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital. Now he wants it back because, he said, the hospital misled him. He believed that the hospital would be named after his mother.
  • His ex-wife's former fiance' was murdered in 2007.
  • Garth had been accused of having extra-marital affairs during his marriage to Sandy Mahl, his first wife.
  • Garth proposed to Trisha Yearwood in front of 7,000 fans.

Stephen King Retires!

In 1999, King, while walking along a highway, was nearly killed after being struck by a van. After the accident writing was more difficult he said. On January 30, 2002, Stephen King announced that he was retiring.

A few months later, on October 2, 2002, he said he would quit writing after authoring five more books.

Brett Favre Formally Announces a Tearful Retirement in 2006!

But, wait a minute. He played for the Green Bay Packers in 2007. Then on March 4, 2008, Brett Favre again tearfully announced his retirement. "I know I can play, but I don't want to. And that's really what it comes down to."

On July 2, 2008 Favre contacted the Packers for a possible return. He claimed that he was never fully committed to retirement. The team had already committed themselves to backup quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. In August 2008 Favre and the Packers dissolved their relationship.

Favre signed with the New York Jets for the 2008 season. On February 17, 2009 Brett informed the Jets that he was again retiring.

On August 18, 2009, Brett Favre became the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings' record that year was 12 and 4. Favre had one of his best years in his long career. Brett did not commit to play another year for the Vikings.

On August 3, 2010, NBC Sports reported that Favre is rejoining the Vikings for one more season. On January 17, 2011 Brett Favre again officially filed his retirement papers with the NFL. But, will he un-retire and become a "champion" like George Forman did at age 45?

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