One of the mainstays of CBS’s popular "60 Minutes" newsmagazine will be stepping down from regular appearances on the program, CBS News has announced.
Andy Rooney, 92, whose wry commentaries have been featured on the show since 1978, "will announce on this Sunday’s ’60 Minutes’ that it will be his last regular appearance on the broadcast," CBS News has announced.
"He will make the announcement in his regular essay at the end of the program, his 1,097th original essay for ’60 Minutes.’ It will be preceded by a segment in which Rooney looks back on his career in an interview with Morley Safer," the announcement said.
The statement added, " ‘There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,’ said Jeff Fager, chairman, CBS News, and the executive producer of ’60 Minutes.’ ‘His contributions to "60 Minutes" are immeasurable; he’s also a great friend. It’s harder for him to do it every week, but he will always have the ability to speak his mind on "60 Minutes" when the urge hits him.’ "
In the announcement CBS did not name a replacement for Rooney.