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On-air or behind the scenes, Richard Nester can be found laughing or cracking jokes at his own expense — to him, life is about having fun and enjoying every minute. His childhood idols were the legendary comedian's Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and Joan Rivers. He was lucky enough to work with Joan for many of the 18 years he's been on air at TSC. Whether they were talking about her latest jacket, string of classic pearls, or the weather, Joan always said that Richard "got her" — their chemistry was undeniable.

Always making sure to dot his "I's" and cross his "T's" before he goes on air, Richard is passionate about his job and connecting with viewers every day. In fact, Richard even developed a life-long friendship with one of his biggest fans, Joy.

Growing up in Niagara Falls, Ont., Richard developed a strong support system with his parents, four brothers, and group of best friends that he still remains close with almost 50 years later. His time off air is usually spent with one of them, either in person or on the phone.

Whether it's eating, talking about, or cooking, food is one of Richard's obsessions. When asked what kitchen appliance he would be, he exclaimed "a Vitamix!" Always having fun in the kitchen with new ingredients, Richard loves to make his food fast and likes to get things done — yesterday!

A message from Richard:

I moved to Toronto from Niagara Falls 36 years ago with a suitcase full of "dreams". Today, my suitcase is full of memories". Being a part of TSC family for over 21 years has brought me so much joy, but now it's time to take a step back from the spotlight. As I transition to the next stage in my journey, I'm not saying good-bye, only so long for now!

Thank you for the memories and I'll see you soon!

~ Richard

Watch Richard's semi-retirement message below!