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Andy Rooney's Retirement Prompts Nostalgia, Jabs Among Viewers

Andy Rooney Headshot - P 2011
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The 92-year-old announced his exit from “60 Minutes” on Tues, Sept. 27.

Andy Rooney, who has been a fixture on CBS’ 60 Minutes since 1978, is set to call it quits after this Sunday’s broadcast.

The 92-year-old newsman will appear in a career retrospective interview with Morley Safer on Oct. 2, giving his final sign-off during a quintessential show-wrapping segment. Rooney is not likely to be replaced on the program.

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"There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be," said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and 60 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."

Viewers and fans have weighed in on Rooney’s legacy with messages of appreciation, and a few light quips at his expense.

HowardKurtz
Never thought it'd happen: Andy Rooney steps down from 60 Minutes at age 92. What. A. Run.

Justin Stangel
Andy Rooney, 92, will make last appearance on '60 Minutes' this Sunday. America responds, Andy Rooney was still on “60 Minutes?”

HankCrook
I've always enjoyed those Andy Rooney bits on 60 Minutes. They don't make journalists like that anymore.

The Comedy Couple
Andy Rooney will leave "60 Minutes" at age 92. He plans to spend his time complaining about random objects in his room at the nursing home.

Holly Suthers
Loss for Journalism, what an icon

Charlie Harper
Breaking News: Mayan Calendar outlasts Andy Rooney.

Tom Jicha
Andy Rooney steps down from '60 Minutes,' which he said he would never do. Anyone doubt he was pushed?

Fergusontx
If you missed Mr. Rooney's work in the late 70's and early 80's, you missed a keen observationist who had an extraordinary ability to communicate.  The past few years have been like watching a once great athlete who played a couple too many seasons.  I choose to remember his great work.

Allie Townsend
Andy Rooney, might I suggest Twitter for all of your grumpy ranting needs?

Miguel A. Gonzalez
Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame will retire Sunday. His eyebrows, however, will continue their contract indefinitely.

Jennifer Eddy
Didn't know Andy Rooney was leaving 60 Min.He's an institution,will be sad to hear him sign off for last time, he's been on TV my whole life