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Jian Ghomeshi is taking a break from CBC to deal with "personal issues."
Today in Ongoing Mysteries of the Persian-Canadian Sphynx, Jian Ghomeshi, beloved host of Q, almost broke the Internet by announcing that he's taking an "undetermined" amount of time off to deal with "personal issues." Which is the kind of vaguely dodgy phrasing that would normally trigger my "rehab" alert, but in this case sounds more like chronic overachiever/workaholic finally hits wall. And finds that the wall is made of grief.
As the hundreds of thousands who follow him on Twitter or Facebook already know, Jian lost his father earlier this month. He shared the news on Facebook in a poignant post that began: "My dear friends, forgive me if I am lost. My heart has been broken."
Losing a parent is devastating for anyone. But for someone who not only loves his father but also carries his voice around with him as his spiritual soundtrack, the voice that urges him to constantly strive for excellence (Jian once told Toronto Life that his father's parenting motto was "you have done well; now do better"), the sudden loss of that love and that voice leaves a void so raw and gaping that it can, at times, be hard to even remember how to breathe. Factor in that Jian is 47 (or, more bluntly, "mid-life"), and you either just close your briefcase, walk out of your office, get on a plane and disappear into a village in Tahiti or you catch yourself before it gets that bad and you say, "I need to take some time off. My whole psyche hurts." True to disciplined character, Jian chose the latter.
His fans will miss him but they will understand, too. His sensitivity and devotion to his family are two of the things they love most about him, so they will take comfort in knowing that he is doing the right thing, the only thing. Will he be back? No one knows. Probably not even Jian. But we can take comfort in the fact that he will keep us posted in one of his favourite ways, via Twitter. His most recent tweet (below), posted just today, is encouraging in its positivity. Here's wishing you all the best, Jian Ghomeshi. Take care and take time.
Thanks for all the well wishes, you guys. I'm ok. Just taking some much needed personal time.
— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) October 24, 2014