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Andy Rooney Ending His '60 Minutes' Segment After 30 Years

After appearing on nearly 1100 broadcasts, Andy Rooney will make his last regular appearance on '60 Minutes' this Sunday.

The 92-year-old Rooney will announce his departure at the end of the program, where he has been featured since 1978, after a segment in which Rooney looks back on his career with '60 Minutes' correspondent Morley Safer.

"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be," says the program's executive producer, Jeff Fager. ""He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original. His contributions to 60 Minutes are immeasurable."

"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 began his regular segment in July 1978 with a piece on the misleading reporting of automobile fatalities on Independence Day weekend.

"Car for car," argued Rooney, "it's one of the safest weekends of the year to be going someplace."

Even though he's been appearing on television for decades, Rooney still considered himself a writer first and broadcaster second. He's also written for 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts' and 'The Garry Moore Show'.

September 28, 2011 |

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