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Goodbye Bean: Fans react to Kevin and Bean co-host leaving after 30 years with KROQ

Bean from Kevin & Bean Show
Bean from Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ. Pic credit: KNX 1070/YouTube.

Thursday morning was Gene “Bean” Baxter’s last day on KROQ’s The Kevin & Bean Show.

Bean signed off on The Kevin & Bean Show, which aired on Thursday (November 7) from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., after 30 years on the KROQ airwaves in Los Angeles. He said goodbye to millions of L.A. commuters who listen to his morning show, which he co-hosted with Kevin Ryder.

Well-wishes began pouring in on social media from fans, friends, and colleagues, ahead of his last time of co-hosting The Kevin & Bean Show with Ryder on KROQ-FM.

Many fans shared their morning show memories with Bean on the show’s official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages, and on his personal social media pages on Twitter and Instagram.

Colleagues who took to social media to wish Bean good luck included morning show co-hosts Allie Mac Kay and Jensen Karp, and former morning show producer Richard Cheese.

Others were fellow current and former KROQ DJs, such as Nicole Alvarez, Megan Holiday, Kate Corbett, and Stryker. The wrote about their experiences working with Bean at KROQ over the years.

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Tomorrow marks Bean’s @bean9 last week on KROQ. (Thursday is his final show, then they’re off to NYC to enter their 2nd Hall of Fame). As many of you know, I grew up listening to K&B. My Mom would try and switch the channel to listen to KRTH, but eventually found them as funny as everyone in our carpool. Getting to work daily with the genius that is Bean has been a goddamn delight. He’s more than a pro – he’s so smart, prepared, and hysterical…especially when things go off the rails. Any station in the UK will be lucky to have him. I know he hates mushy stuff – but i’m going to miss him….as a coworker and a friend. He’s truly as lovely a human as you’ll ever know. I’m blessed to have gotten to know him and his incredible partner in shenanigans, Donna @fancy.baxter ❤️ I’m so excited for this next chapter of their life – they’re deserving of all the goodness coming their way. Bean, it was an honor. I love you and will miss you terribly.

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With two shows left for @bean9, it’s been difficult to decide whether to write about him as a co-worker or just a fan. He’s actually the member of @kevinandbean I’ve personally known the longest. He walked into @galleries1988 to look at art around 13 years ago, and I instantly recognized the voice I had been hearing since I was a kid. We became internet friends, usually sending each other art links or him asking me rap questions and me hiding my fandom. Then when I became a frequent guest on the show, I was ecstatic to even be a footnote in their creativity. The Kevin & Bean show is a legit foundation of LA radio and was a major influence on my sense of humor decades before I was given the honor of joining it (which I still pinch myself about). Bean is a one of a kind human. Sensitive, hilarious, extremely weird. He is a true student, and teacher, of radio, and we must protect him at all costs. London is getting a genius and the least they can do is stock candy corn all year long. You will be missed – but forgotten almost immediately. ❤️

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Bean expressed surprise about the deluge of messages he received.

“The most surprising thing about the hundreds of emails that I’ve gotten in the last few weeks is how many people have been listening for all 30 years,” he said, according to Los Angeles Times. “It’s extremely humbling and extremely gratifying. And it makes leaving hard — hard for them and hard for me to give up that relationship.”

Bean, who is about to turn 60, had announced he was leaving KROQ and moving to England to pursue fresh career opportunities earlier in the year.

Bean and Kevin have co-hosted The Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ since New Year’s Eve in 1989, according to L.A. Times. It was their first time hosting a radio morning show, but after overcoming teething troubles, the show rose slowly over the years, and by 2003, it was ranked among the top morning radio shows in the country.

Big names who have worked with them in the past at KROQ include the TV host and producer Jimmy Kimmel, stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick, radio personality Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, who hosts Kennedy on the Fox Business Network, and the podcaster Adam Carolla.

The Kevin & Bean Show has also hosted top rock bands and rock stars, such as Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish, U2, Arcade Fire, Jack White, and Tori Amos.

What millions of fans of the show might not know is that although he said goodbye to Los Angeles fans on November 7, Bean actually left L.A. back in the ’90s. Bean has been doing the show remotely from various locations, such as  Seattle, Las Vegas, and New Orleans.


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