Andy Rooney Signs Off 60 Minutes One Last Time
10/03/2011 AT 07:50 AM EDT
If you see him out and about, just let him be. "Please, just let me eat my dinner," the veteran TV personality, 92, said as he signed off, as he discussed the setbacks of the fame he acquired on the show.
CBS announced last week that Rooney was retiring from the news-magazine program, where he has read his self-penned essays on-camera since 1978.
"I wish I could do this forever," he said during Sunday's final essay. "I can't, though."
Although he's leaving the show, Rooney said he's not retiring from his job as a writer. And it's not just about the written word, he says.
"I probably haven't said anything here that you didn't already know or have already thought," he said. "That's what a writer does. A writer's job is to tell the truth."