Andy Rooney leaving '60 Minutes'

Andy Rooney's commentaries have been featured on "60 Minutes" since 1978.

Story highlights

  • Commentator will make his final regular appearance on show Sunday
  • It will also feature an interview of Rooney by Morley Safer
  • "He's an American original," CBS News president says
  • Rooney joined CBS in 1949
Sunday will be Andy Rooney's last regular appearance on "60 Minutes," CBS News announced Tuesday.
Rooney, 92, will deliver his 1,097th original essay for the broadcast and then make the announcement.
The show will feature a segment with Morley Safer interviewing Rooney and will reflect on the award-winning career of the writer, essayist and commentator, according to a press release from the network.
"There's nobody like Andy, and there never will be. He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original," CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said.
Rooney's commentaries and essays have been featured on "60 Minutes" since 1978; he joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts."
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He attended Colgate University until he was drafted into the Army in 1941. In February 1943, he was one of six correspondents who flew with the 8th Air Force on the first American bombing raid over Germany. Last year, Rooney received the Overseas Press Club of America President's Award for these reports.