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Shopping Channel’s Richard Nester to Retire

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  • The Shopping Channel announces Richard Nester will retire as host on December 16, 2024, following 21 years of delighting customers across the country with his charismatic quick-wit and infectious energy. Host Sean Keane will take over Nester’s hours on TSC.



    “It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire as host of TSC and say goodbye to our amazing viewers, many of whom I have had the honour of meeting over the years and am lucky enough to still call friends today,” said Nester. “I started this journey with a suitcase full of dreams and today that suitcase is full of memories. But this isn’t the end of my TSC chapter – I’m already at work with the team here on a brand-new project and can’t wait to share those details with everyone early next year.”

    A  Niagara, ON native, Nester moved to Toronto 36 years ago, where he worked behind-the-scenes at TVO before making his on-screen debut at TSC. Since joining the company in 1995, Nester has relished the opportunity to work in the fast-paced, dynamic environment of live TV, introducing customers across the country to the latest and greatest TSC products. He counts getting to know the late Joan Rivers, meeting viewers from all over Canada, and working with big names like George Foreman, Suzanne Somers, and Richard Simmons as career highlights.

    “Having only joined TSC in August, my time with Richard has unfortunately been brief, but the impact he has made on the company, his coworkers, and our loyal customers is undeniable,” said Anne Martin-Vachon, President, The Shopping Channel. “His energy and optimism will be sorely missed in these halls, but on behalf of the whole TSC family, we wish him a wonderful retirement and look forward to continuing to work with him in an exciting new capacity.”

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    16 Comments » for Shopping Channel’s Richard Nester to Retire
    1. Trudy says:

      I have always enjoyed watching Richard on TSC. I wish him a very happy retirement. I will miss him on TSC.

    2. Penny Kapetaneas says:

      Please say it isn’t so! Oh my gosh I’m a night owl and always looked forward to tuning in. I wish you well and God bless!
      I will miss you so,so much!

    3. carol anton says:

      I will surely miss his wit and his gentleman’s manners.

      • Robyn Nevils says:

        Richard, you will be sadly missed as you leave and move on to your next adventure. I wish you nothing but the best & hope you will come back every now & then to give us an update.
        You were the BEST host with the greatest sense of humour, even when items were crashing around you on the Live TV.
        Always a man of class & taste! Please don’t stay away too long. XoxoX

    4. Judy Morison says:

      Richard has always been one of my favorite TSC hosts. I will miss him terribly!
      Good luck in all your future endeavors.

    5. Helen Fehir says:

      Richard I will miss your Ukrainian words thrown into your conversations from time to time, like this casserole dish will be wonderful to make holubtsi in and then present them at the table in the same dish.

      Good luck to you in your future projects.

    6. Doris hayne says:

      I will really miss you richard and wish you all the best in the future. Your replacement sean is doing an excellent job as host but richards good looks are hard to beat

    7. Congrats Richard you will be missed. Nobody can ever replace you.

    8. Being “on air” with Richard was most certainly a highlight in my life and I always enjoyed his quick wit, professionalism and charm. He always made his guests feel comfortable. My favourite, was when a loud bang was heard while he was on air and Richard chimed in with “Did somebody drop an earring?” A very funny, talented and charming man. I look forward to see what he has “up his sleeve” next.

    9. Mary says:

      You are truly one in a million.
      Your honesty is treasured,.
      I can’t even imagine tse without you.

      Tse has changed so much over the years.

      It’s so unfortunate you are leaving

      You will be truly missed

    10. Jill pratt says:

      A real gentleman and as sweet as honey!
      I’ll miss you, Richard?

    11. Audrey Lumsden says:

      Congratulations Richard on your well earned and deserved retirement.

      You will be missed but not forgotten by so many of the TSC family across this land of ours. You are one classy human being.

      All the best and Mohya Lita.


    12. Richard
      I can’t believe that this is true!! You will be missed by sooooo many! We have come to love watching you in the evening. TSC will never be the same. You and Norm were our evening ‘shopping time’ hosts. Your laughter was infectious and we the viewers laughted along with you. Good luck in your next adventure, and we hope that we see you back on the tv in some other capacity.

    13. Susan says:

      Richard all the best on your future endeavours! You will be very missed by many of the TSC loyal viewers and shoppers. You are my favorite hosts (no disrespect meant to the other fabulous hosts) and I’m sad for your fans but thrilled for you! Thanks for the many laughs we have shared from home with you.
      Take care and enjoy whatever the future holds for you!

    14. Cheryl says:

      Oh no.. you were my favourite host. I love your sense of humour and I always looked forward to 10pm (you and Norm were the best)
      I wish you all the luck in the world!

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