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60 Minutes‘ Morley Safer will lead the segment, which will air at the end of Sunday’s telecast at 7 p.m. on CBS.
“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.”
For 33 years, Rooney wryly commented on life’s annoyances and his reports, “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney,” became a regular feature on 60 Minutes in 1978.
On Oct. 2, Rooney delivered his 1,097th and final essay titled “My Lucky Life” on the CBS news program. “I wish I could do this forever. I can’t, though,” he said. Rooney’s final report boosted the ratings for 60 Minutes, the program drawing its largest October audience in four years. The episode lured 17.1 million total viewers.
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