After more than 33 years with “ 60 Minutes,” Andy Rooney’s run has come to an end.
CBS announced today that the veteran television personality will deliver his last original essay for the news magazine on Sunday, Oct. 2. It will be his final regular appearance on the broadcast and it will be preceded by a segment in which Rooney looks back on his career in an interview with Morley Safer.
“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be,” Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes” said in a statement today. “He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original. 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.”
Rooney, 92, has taped 1,096 original essays for “60 Minutes” since July 1978.