Even Norman Lear finds it difficult to accept that he has reached this significant milestone: Lear turns 100 years old on Wednesday.

"I can't believe a century has passed," Lear told USA Today. "I'd love to think that a new century has begun.

It's going to be a doozy if Lear's next century is anything like his first. Lear, a 2017 Kennedy Center Honoree, has transformed television.

Lear, a six-time Emmy winner, continues to have an effect after years of denying media inquiries about retirement.

"As long as I have something I want to do when I wake up in the morning, I don't think about retiring.

There is also always, "Lear opined. "Some folks take off running. I never run. I get out of bed and do things that make me happy.

Lear, who won the award for best variety show in 2020 at the age of 98 for his contribution, is the oldest Emmy winner.

On July 12, Lear broke his own record for receiving the most nominations at his age, securing two for the 2021 awards.