Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the wildly popular hosts of the NPR radio show, are calling it a day

By Marla Lehner
Updated June 08, 2012 07:00 PM
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The popular hosts of Car Talk on National Public Radio are putting their show in park.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, are retiring from the show after 25 years this fall, it was announced Friday.

Their weekly call-in advice show will continue by using previously broadcast material.

“My brother has always been ‘work-averse,’ ” Ray, 63, joked. “Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!”

“It’s brutal!” quipped Tom, who will turn 75 later this year.

Partly because of Tom’s age, the guys decided it was time to “stop and smell the cappuccino,” NPR reports.

The radio show, in which guests call in with questions about their ailing vehicles, focuses on cars, but the brothers – who hail from Boston – turned Car Talk into a rollicking hour of riotous jokes and laugher.

While they often made good-natured fun of their callers, the brothers saved most of their silly barbs for each other.

The brothers have been taping the show for 35 years for Boston’s WBUR. This fall they will mark 25 years on the air for NPR.