Andy Rooney has stepped down from his regular weekly spot at CBS’s “60 Minutes,” a position he’s held since 1978. The 92-year-old newscaster will announce the move himself this evening after a seg in which he is interviewed about his career by Morley Safer.
“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,” said CBS News chairman and show producer Jeff Fager. “His contributions to ’60 Minutes’ are immeasurable; he’s also a great friend. 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’s career at the longrunning newsmag began in July 1978 with an essay about the reporting methods for car crash fatalities on Independence Day weekend. With James J. Kilpatrick and Shana Alexander, he co-hosted a slot starting that fall before taking over solo the next year.
Rooney has contributed to “60 Minutes” since its first season, appearing with Palmer Williams in a seg called “Ipso and Facto” initially and producing segments for Harry Reasoner. He was born in Albany, N.Y. and served in the army during WWII. He and five other correspondents flew with the Eighth Air Force on the first U.S. bombing raid over Germany.