10:01 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 11/05/2011 07:30AM
Andy Rooney, the wry observer of current events for 33 years on 60 Minutes, died Friday night in a New York City hospital, CBS News reports.
The TV journalist was 92 and had undergone minor surgery during the third week of October, only to suffer what were termed "serious complications."
Rooney, a widower since 2004, is survived by his four children.
A mere two weeks before his hospitalization, on Oct. 2, Rooney signed off a final time from the CBS Sunday-night weekly newsmagazine that made him a household name – thanks to 1,097 essays on topics ranging from religion to his messy office.
Originally posted 10/25/2011 06:00PM
Andy Rooney, who signed off from 60 Minutes this month after 33 years, has been hospitalized in stable condition.
The 92-year-old commentator "suffered serious complications" from minor surgery he underwent last week, CBS announced Tuesday.
The reason for the surgery and the nature of the complications were not disclosed.
Originally posted 10/03/2011 07:50AM
After 33 years and 1,097 essays, Andy Rooney signed off 60 Minutes for the last time Sunday night with a simple message to his loyal viewers who have tuned in week after week to listen to his words of wisdom.
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."
Originally posted 09/28/2011 08:15AM
Andy Rooney, whose wry and acerbic essays about the foibles of everyday life have been a mainstay on 60 Minutes since 1978, will retire from the CBS news-magazine program this Sunday after his 1,097th original essay.
"There's nobody like Andy, and there never will be. He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original," Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, told CBS News. "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, 92, will look back on his career in an interview with Morley Safer during Sunday's program, then announce his retirement in his essay.
– Tim Nudd
Originally posted 04/12/2005 08:00AM
SERVED: David Letterman got lucky when it came to jury duty – he only served one day. The Late Show host, whose 58th birthday is Tuesday, showed up at Westchester County's Supreme Courthouse on Monday and was considered for a medical malpractice case, the local Journal News reports. But he didn't make the final cut, and after lunch he was excused altogether – and he was back at the Ed Sullivan Theater for his CBS program by early afternoon. During breaks, he sat quietly, reading a book about Montana, according to the Journal News. "I'll be serving jury duty next in Montana," said Dave. "I plan to serve on jury duty in all 50 states."
Originally posted 02/24/2004 11:00AM
On the eve of Mel Gibson's controversial new movie "The Passion of the Christ," CBS "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney has pushed some viewers' buttons by referring to Gibson and TV evangelist Pat Robertson as "wackos," the Associated Press reports.
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