Andy Rooney Ending Role on 60 Minutes
92-year-old has been contributor since 1978
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2011 4:32 PM CDT
Andy Rooney in 2004.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Curmudgeon wanted: Andy Rooney is calling it quits from 60 Minutes, says CBS. The 92-year-old will announce the move at the end of this Sunday's essay, which the network notes will be No. 1,097 since 1978. Though a network fixture, Rooney has run into repeated criticism that he's out of touch with modern culture, notes the TVNewser blog.

"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be," says CBS News chief Jeff Fager. "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."

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Sep 28, 2011 6:01 AM CDT
I enjoy watching 60 minutes...have for many, many years. But the show ends after the last story for me. Too angry, too written out. Just a very pissed off old man. Problem was, we was the same person 30 years ago. You won't be missed, Andy, because we turned you off long ago.
Sep 28, 2011 6:00 AM CDT
Andy is not calling it quits. Obviously, CBS fired him. And its reason is entirely bogus: "It's harder for him to do it every week." How tough is it to talk 3 minutes a week? Andy is a victim of age discrimination. Here is a reporter who has worked for decades thrown under the bus. Out of touch? The major networks are all out of touch, selectively reporting only news that supports only liberal politicians.
Sep 28, 2011 3:21 AM CDT
One night many years ago he went off a drooling, poisonous anti-christian rant that completely shocked me coming from this supposed teddy bear. I have never watched since after seeing his black, hate filled heart. I had actually thought it had gone off the air years ago.