Andy Rooney Delivers Final Weekly Essay On ’60 Minutes’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Andy Rooney insisted he’s not retiring. He’s a writer, and a writer never stops being a writer.

Even so, he delivered his final weekly essay on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, his last in his 33 years with the newsmagazine. It was a moment, he said he has dreaded.

“I wish I could do this forever. I can’t, though,” he said.

CBS News announced last week that the 92-year-old Rooney would be stepping down from his well-entrenched berth on “60 Minutes” after delivering his 1,097th commentary.

“I probably haven’t said anything here that you didn’t already know or have already thought,” he said. “That’s what a writer does. A writer’s job is to tell the truth.”

Rooney began his long career by writing the words for people to say who were on TV or radio. Then when he began his weekly “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” in 1978, he began saying them on camera himself, though not as a television personality, but as “a writer who reads what he’s written.”

Rooney said in his farewell piece that he has lived a lucky life, luckier than most. But befitting his trademark crotchety nature, he voiced one parting complaint: He doesn’t like being famous, nor does he like being bothered by fans.

“I spent my first 50 years trying to become well known as a writer, and the next 30 trying to avoid being famous,” he said. “I walk down the street now or go to a football game and people shout, ‘Hey, Andy!’ And I hate that.”

So if you see him in a restaurant, Rooney said as he signed off, “please, just let me eat my dinner.”

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    if you see Mr. Rooney in a restaurant… please, just let him eat his dinner.

    Be Well Mr. Rooney. God Bless You.

    • Rooneystinks

      You should throw food at this zombi dirt bag. Then thank him for finally getting off of tv.

      • mj

        WHY do i get the feeling that you wear a baseba;; cap tilted to one side ?just curious … have you EVER actually watched 60 min ?

        • Mj? R U Serious Bro?!?

          Only a retard would waste time on a show like that! Do you touch little boys just like “mj”. I watch sunday night football like a true man, do you put one of those housewife shows on when done with 60 minutes? Put your panties back on big mouth!!! Take the sand out of your holes

          • mj

            ty ty ty you answered my question lol

  • Andy Rooney Clinton

    Always seemed a little too fond of black people and left-wingers for me, but I still appreciate what you did! At least we can agree on one thing, gays are disgusting!

    • liberal and proud

      You must be a closeted homosexual with a black baby daddy! You, sir, are disgusting!

      • I Dump on Fat-Libs

        And hopefully, the next Holocaust will get YOU! LOL

  • Richard

    It was good to hear your point of veiw on things. I usually agreed. To bad your one of a kind. Have a great life

  • FC

    A writer’s job is to tell the truth.”

    Tell that to Obama’s speech writer.

  • Barbara

    Good luck Andy. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your weekly essays. You are truly gifted and one of a kind. You most definitely shall be missed. Enjoy your retirement and your lovely family. P.S. I promise that if I see you in a restaurant, I won’t come over to your table… but rather let you enjoy your meal as requested. **smile**

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  • Mr. Putnam

    Andy was one of a kind! I wish him luck in retirement and promise if I see him having dinner, he will not be bothered!

  • mj

    did you ever notice how most people don’t miss something until its gone ? i wonder why that is ? maybe its because you can’t miss something if its still around .. good luck andy , i’ll miss you and thanks for the laughs, you’re truely one of a kind

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