Have you ever pondered the word retirement? Why does it start with “re” when you only do it once? Andy Rooney, the journalist whose ruminations on similar questions have made him a Sunday night fixture for decades, is retiring from”60 Minutes.” The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the 92 year-old Rooney will announce his retirement during his segment on this Sunday’s episode. Correspondent Morley Safer will also do a career retrospective interview with Rooney.
Rooney has been a part of “60 Minutes” since the show’s debut in 1968, working as a writer and producer for the show before he became one of a rotating group of “essayists” who delivered the closing segment of theseries. Rooney soon proved the most popular and “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” became a regular part of the television news magazine.
Rooney began his career writing for the United States Army’s newspaper The Stars and Stripes during World War II, covering the first American air raid over Germany and the liberation of the concentration camps. After the war, he joined CBS when television was in its infancy. He became known for his lengthy special reports on topics like bridges, hotels and the English language that served as a precursor to his segments on “60 Minutes.”