Most people retire around the age of 65, but not Andy Rooney. At age 92, he was still appearing on 60 Minutes–and doing a darn good job–but has finally thrown in the towel. Yesterday, he delivered his final essay on the popular news program.
Find out what he had to say after the JUMP!
After 33 years, veteran broadcaster Andy Rooney has said farewell to 60 Minutes. Last night marked his 1097th commentary on the show and although it’s not my favorite thing to watch, we can all appreciate a long and successful career.
Andy Rooney started his on-camera career at the age of 59 in 1978 on A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney. Before that he worked on the other side of the camera as a writer for both radio and TV. Last night marked the end of the Andy Rooney era:
This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever. But I can’t. But I’m not retiring. Writers don’t retire, and I’ll always be a writer.
His career has spanned decades, so you’d think Andy Rooney would have adapted to being in the public eye by now, right? Nope. He explained, “I spent my first 50 years trying to become well known as a writer, and the next 30 trying to avoid being famous. I walk down the street now or go to a football game and people shout, ‘Hey, Andy!’ And I hate that.” Well, there are pros and cons to every job, right?
At the end of his commentary, Andy Rooney says that if you ever see him out at a restaurant to just, “please, just let me eat my dinner.” Good luck with that!
Here’s a look at Andy Rooney’s career:
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