The late-night shows latched on to the Andy Rooney retirement news Wednesday night, including the story in monologues and comedy bits.
On Rooney’s own network, CBS, David Letterman “saluted” the 92-year-old “60 Minutes” commentator with a “Top Ten” list titled “The Top Ten Reasons Andy Rooney is Retiring.” Among the items:
“No. 10: Needs break from grueling three-minute a week schedule!”
“No. 9: He was pushed out by that cocky young upstart Morley Safer!”
“No. 5: Got angry when CBS rejected his piece on how to defeat the Kaiser!”
“No. 2: Leno wanted the job!”
On ABC, Jimmy Kimmel also had fun with Rooney’s retirement on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” pairing the news with another sad item — the death of a beloved cross-eyed opossum named Heidi that resided in a zoo in Leipzig, Germany. By the time the Kimmel bit ended, it was Rooney who was cross-eyed.
Andy Rooney ends his historic 33-year run on “60 Minutes” this Sunday (Oct. 2). The show is scheduled to start at 7/6c on CBS, but could be delayed by football.