'60 Minutes'' Andy Rooney Retires: What Pundits Are Saying
Andy Rooney will make his last regular appearance on 60 Minutes this Sunday, CBS announced Tuesday.
"There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be," said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer. "He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original. His contributions to 60 Minutes are immeasurable; he’s also a great friend.
Rooney, 92, has been featured on more than 1,000 broadcasts. He will not likely be replaced, Fager said, but will continue to contribute. He'll officially announce the news on Sunday's broadcast.
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Media pundits and bloggers were not as nostalgic as some fans on Twitter were.
The Onion's A.V. Club writer Sean O'Neal's blog was called "Andy Rooney is done complaining (on television, anyway)."
He wrote, "Call us old-fashioned, but we remember a simpler time when elderly men were given great, whopping segments of television to kvetch incessantly about all the mysterious, newfangled things they overheard on the radio, wax rhapsodic over random gemgaws they found secreted away in their desk, and generally whinge about the loud and confusing modern world. Unfortunately, that era, like all eras that were markedly better, seems to have passed us, as tetchy tortoise Andy Rooney will slowly scuttle off into the sunset this Sunday, officially announcing his retirement from being your private complainer, a complainer for money, and any old music will do."
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"The move comes as something of a surprise, considering Rooney—at a spry and ornery 92 years—had until very recently maintained his seven-days-a-week work schedule, at least 6.75 of which were presumably spent sitting perfectly still and emitting a low, sustained whine," he added.
Jon Friedman of MarketWatch blogged that "TV’s crankiest man exits" and added "It’s about time he signed off."
"I hope CBS takes full advantage of Rooney’s overdue exit to bring in someone who has something interesting and topical to say. I’d love to see an edgy, funny humorist like Andy Borowitz take over the slot," Friedman wrote.
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"I turn off 60 Minutes at five minutes to 8 p.m. every Sunday night. I couldn’t take it any more at one point," he went on. "Rooney’s complaints turned me off. His essays on mundane aspects of life, that I never otherwise thought about, bored me stiff. For me, 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney,' his weekly segment, were a few too many."
"Rooney looked pretty mean-spirited at times when he made comments about certain social issues, like an unfeeling, out-of-touch curmudgeon. Of course, even in his finest moments, he came across as the crankiest man on television. Then again, that’s what he was aiming for," he added.
In a post on IrishCentral.com entitled "Andy Rooney was unlikeable, overrated and a complete bore," Patrick Roberts argues, "I never found Andy Rooney insightful or in the least entertaining… The set up was supposed to be a cranky uncle bemoaning lots of modern day inventions etc. [but]... All we got was Rooney stressing the breathtakingly obvious and getting massive air time for it.”