Texas Weatherman Bob French, Who Sued Rival Network for Discrimination, Calls It a Day: 'Old Weathermen Don't Fade Away, They Just Wane'

A veteran meteorologist has announced he is due to retire after spending nearly 40 years presenting TV weather forecasts in Texas.

KAGS chief meteorologist Bob French confirmed he will be retiring sometime later this year in order to spend more time with his family.

"I have decided that after almost 40 years of being in the business of being a TV weather person and a broadcast meteorologist I've decided to retire later this year in the fall or early winter to pursue other interests and also to spend a lot more time with my lovely wife of almost 40 years and my grandchildren," he announced during a KAGS broadcast.

"It's happy and sad for me" he added. "I love the people I work with. KAGS is a great place, of course Bryan College Station and the rest of the Brazos Valley is a wonderful community and we'll still be living here."

In a statement released via the network, French referenced a line made famous by General Douglas McArthur: "Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away. But I'll say this: 'Old weathermen don't fade away, they just wane.'"

French started his broadcast career in radio before making the move to TV in 1981, presenting the weather for KFDM-TV in Beaumont. He stayed there until moving over to Bryan/College Station in 1990, according to a KAGS profile.

French was then appointed chief meteorologist at KBTX-TV in Bryan, where he stayed until he was fired in 2013. French made headlines after he filed a lawsuit against KBTX in the wake of his dismissal claiming he was the victim of age discrimination.

French, who was 59 at the time he filed the suit in October 2013, alleges he was forced to work additional hours during the 2012 holidays while younger KBTX staff members were allowed time off, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

His attorney, Charles Peckham, claimed the additional workload caused French to seek treatment under the Family and Medical Leave Act in January 2013. He was allegedly reprimanded by his bosses upon his return to work in April. In his complaint, French stated the company replaced him with a forecaster who was under 40.

In a statement released by KBTX at the time, the network said they were "disappointed to learn from other media outlets that our former colleague and friend Bob French" is choosing the file a lawsuit.

"KBTX and Gray Television respect the privacy of the employment relationship, and accordingly, will not litigate matters related to Mr. French's employment in the press," the statement added. "KBTX, however, will defend itself vigorously against Mr. French's allegations and is confident that upon reviewing the record, the EEOC will conclude that Mr. French's allegations are utterly without merit."

French confirmed he was moving over to KAGS following his dismissal. "The Brazos Valley has been my home since 1990," French said in a statement. "I am so blessed that I can serve the residents here with my passion for weather and experience in forecasting."

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Texas meteorologist Bob French has announced he will be retiring after nearly 40 years in the business. Bob French/Facebook
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