Longtime 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney will end his regular run on the program this Sunday, CBS News said today. The 92-year-old first joined CBS News in 1949 and has appeared on 60 Minutes since 1978, during which time he’s provided more than a thousand end-of-show essays (this Sunday will mark his 1,097th).
This Sunday’s broadcast will feature a Rooney retrospective followed by his usual weekly segment when he will announce the conclusion of his regular appearances on the program. But that’s not to say that the nonagenarian won’t occasionally stop by to share a few more gems of personal wisdom. In a statement, CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager said, “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 was notably absent from last week’s season premiere of 60 Minutes, but CBS confirmed that he would be returning—apparently to announce his departure.