Andy Rooney Dies: What Hollywood Is Saying
Longtime 60 Minutes contributor Andy Rooney died late Friday evening in New York at the age of 92, CBS News announced on its website early Saturday. On Oct. 2, Rooney appeared on the CBS news program for the final time.
Since news broke of Rooney's death, reactions from those who were close to him have been pouring in. “Words cannot adequately express Andy’s contribution to the world of journalism and the impact he made -- as a colleague and friend -- upon everyone at CBS,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. “His wry wit, his unique ability to capture the essence of any issue, and his larger-than-life personality made him an icon, not only within the industry but among readers and viewers around the globe."
"It's a sad day at 60 Minutes and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of 60 Minutes. "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."
But Rooney, whose "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" segment on 60 Minutes became a regular feature in the late 1970s had a profound effect on viewers and industry types. Here is what several Hollywood personalities said on Saturday:
Bill Prady, The Big Bang Theory co-creator
Ya ever notice that "pearly" is only used for gates? Ya never hear about a "pearly ring" or "pearly broach." #ripandyrooney
And why harps? Do we really need to spend eternity listening to the sound of flashbacks starting? #AndyRooneyinHeaven
Michael Chiklis, No Ordinary Family
He was an original. A completely authentic American treasure. RIP Mr. Rooney. :(
Felicia Day, The Guild and Eureka
Sort of the father of vlogging right? :(
Katherine Moennig, The Lincoln Lawyer and The L Word
RIP Andy Rooney. i watched you every sunday growing up. you were the king of insightful crankiness
The Good Wife's Josh Charles retweeted the following to his followers:
On #60Minutes Overtime, we honor the memory and legacy of Andy Rooney with a look at 12 of his best pieces: http://bit.ly/vRLO00
Ethan Suplee, My Name Is Earl
RIP Andy Rooney, the mundane will have to go back to being mundane.
Bravo's Andy Cohen
RIP Andy Rooney. Worked on the same floor for 10years and loved seeing him. What a very nice, talented man. Sad.
Yvette Nicole Brown, Community
:( RIP Mr. Andy Rooney
David A. Goodman, Allen Gregory executive producer
RIP Andy Rooney. Found dead in the supermarket, with a package of 8 hot dogs in one hand, and a package of 8 hot dog buns in the other.
RIP Andy Rooney best ever crumudgeon. Your observations were priceless and cranky.
Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
Rip Andy Rooney
CNBC's Andrew Sorkin
sad news: andy rooney of '60 minutes' died. he was part of my life every sunday night.
Gavin Purcell, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon executive producer
Pour one out. Then complain about wasting beer. RIP Andy Rooney.
CNBC's Darren Rovell
RIP Andy Rooney. Without you, "60 Minutes" will forever seem like "59 Minutes" to me.