Eye counts 'Minutes' with vet exec producer
NEW YORK — CBS will pay tribute to outgoing “60 Minutes” creator and exec producer Don Hewitt during a May 18 primetime special headlining Hewitt himself.
Hourlong spec — “Tell Me a Story: The Man Who Made 60 Minutes” — will air at 9 p.m. ET.
Complete with clips, Hewitt will talk about his favorite “60” stories and subjects, including Katharine Hepburn, Lena Horne, Muhammad Ali and Jackie Gleason. He’ll also reveal some of the more telling and humorous moments of his 36-year tenure at the newsmag, such as when a threatening Frank Sinatra accused Hewitt of double-crossing him during an interview with Walter Cronkite.
Joining Hewitt will be “60” correspondents Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl.
Hewitt will leave the newsmag next month, soon after the season wraps, with protege Jeff Fager set to take over the exec producer slot. Hewitt will remain at CBS News proper as an exec producer.