Advertisements Because he was an old man, and he didn't want to start over. That is not the same as being OK with your friend's agent publicly humiliating you by calling for you to retire (so her client can have your job). Left to his own devices, I would imagine that Carson would have worked another six months, maybe a year. That's where Helen screwed up. She just got too impatient. He would have left soon anyway...just with a lot less bad blood.