NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ host Charles Osgood says he will retire from the show at the end of September.

The iconic host made the announcement during his Sunday morning broadcast on Aug 28.

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“Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together,” Osgood said. “I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on ‘Sunday Morning,’ the time has come.”

Osgood has been a part of CBS News since 1971.

Before making his way to television, he worked as a news anchor and reporter on WCBS 880. He then worked on a variety of different CBS shows, including “CBS Morning News,” the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and the “CBS Sunday Night News. He took the helm at ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ in 1994, where he served as host for the last 22 years.

He is exiting a job only one other person has held since “Sunday Morning” premiered in 1979. Charles Kuralt retired in 1994 after crafting the job in his own folksy, easygoing image and hosting for 15 years.

Osgood seemingly had an impossible act to follow. But with his folksy erudition and his slightly bookish, bow-tied style, he immediately clicked with viewers who continued to embrace the program as an unhurried TV magazine that, as before, seemed defined only by its host’s, and staff’s, curiosity.

Since then, he has proved to be a broadcaster who can write essays and light verse as well as report hard news, a man who has continued to work in both radio and television with equal facility. (He once described himself as “a radio guy who finally stopped being terrified of the camera.”)

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“Charlie is not just beloved by our viewers.  He’s beloved by all of us who work each week crafting the stories we put on the program,” said Rand Morrison, executive producer of CBS Sunday Morning said in a statement Sunday. “Working with him truly has been an honor, a privilege and a joy. We look forward to paying tribute to him and his legendary career in September — and, of course, seeing him on the radio.”

He has long delivered “The Osgood File” on radio, and will continue to do so, where, if the mood strikes, he might sing another song.

Osgood will return to the broadcast on Sept. 11. His final ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ appearance will air Sept. 25 with a special 90-minute tribute that will look back on his career.

It was not immediately clear who would take over for Osgood after his departure from the show.

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