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Here’s the Final ‘Few Minutes with Andy Rooney:’ ‘This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever’

Andy Rooney is about to deliver his final regular segment on “60 Minutes.” As TVNewser first reported Tuesday, Rooney will say goodbye to the show tonight — but he won’t stop doing what he loves. Here’s the final paragraph of his final segment.

This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever. I can’t though. But I’m not retiring. Writers don’t retire and I’ll always be a writer. A lot of you have sent me wonderful letters and said good things to me when you meet me in the street. I wasn’t always gracious about it. It’s hard to accept being liked. I don’t say this often, but thank you. Although if you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner.

Here’s Rooney’s final essay…

’60 Minutes’ Looks at Andy Rooney’s Best

With Sunday slated to be Andy Rooney‘s last regular contribution to the legendary CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” the staff of decided to take a look back at some of Rooney’s best commentaries.

Below, the very first edition of “Three Minutes or so with Andy Rooney,” focusing on safety and the July 4 weekend.

How the Evening Newscasts Reported Andy Rooney’s ’60 Minutes’ Sign-off

The three evening newscasts reported today’s news that Andy Rooney would be signing off from “60 Minutes” this Sunday.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer, a former “60 Minutes” correspondent said, “A salute from an old pal over here, Andy, to you.” Brian Williams on NBC News reported the story around the same time — :22 minutes into the newscast — with with Rooney-esque, “Did you ever notice how some people become more than just television personalities, and instead become more like guests in our homes?” CBS’s Scott Pelley voiced a show-closing package on Rooney’s departure with the tease: “That last commentary comes this Sunday on ’60 minutes’ at the end of a broadcast that features a story about Andy’s life and times reported by Morley Safer. We always save the best for last.”

Andy Rooney To End Regular ’60 Minutes’ Appearances

First on TVNewser: Andy Rooney‘s “60 Minutes” commentary on Sunday is expected to be his last regular appearance, TVNewser has learned.

Rooney, who began his whimsical end-of-show pieces in 1978, was MIA from last week’s 44th-season premiere.

Rooney turns 93 in January. He moves slowly, and his hearing and sight are not what they used to be. Over the years, ’60′s’ resident curmudgeon has been criticized frequently for being out of touch with contemporary culture.

Rooney could not be reached for comment. CBS News is expected to confirm the move soon.

In a June 2010 interview with TVNewser, Rooney said that he intended to work at ‘60’ until he “dropped dead.” He added: “Until somebody tells me different, I’m not going to quit.”

No word on who will take over Rooney’s two-minute slot. Regardless, he’s expected to keep his CBS office, where he shows up six days a week, sometimes seven. An accomplished author, Rooney will likely concentrate on his writing.

Rooney joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.” Until a few years ago, he wrote his pieces on a manual typewriter from his days as a London correspondent for Stars and Stripes during World War II.

Longevity at ’60′ is nothing new. Original correspondent Mike Wallace, 93, worked full-time until 2006, then popped up occasionally until ’08.

The late Don Hewitt, ’60′ creator and long-time executive producer, was 81 when he was nudged from the throne in 2004. He died five years later.

> Update: CBS press release after the jump. “There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,” said Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes.”

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Andy Rooney Returns to ’60 Minutes’ Next Week

If you watched the season premiere of “60 Minutes” last night you may have noticed the absence of Andy Rooney. Rooney, 92, has slowed down a bit since the Spring.

Rooney joined CBS News in 1949 and has been giving end-of-show commentary on “60 Minutes” since 1978. CBS tells us he has a segment on next Sunday’s “60 Minutes.”

Journalism is all in the family for the Rooneys. Son Brian Rooney continues as a freelance correspondent for ABC News, daughter Emily Rooney hosts shows on WGBH TV and radio in Boston and grandson Justin Fishel is the Pentagon producer for Fox News.

Andy Rooney Remembers Joe Wershba

At the end of the special second hour of “60 Minutes” last night, Andy Rooney paid tribute to Joe Wershba, a “great and much-loved producer” for the show in its first 20 years. Wershba died May 14. He was 90.

“Television critics and competing broadcasters from other networks have searched for the secret of the success of ’60 Minutes’ … the fact is, ’60 Minutes’ has been as good, substantial and as successful as it is because it has some great producers, and Joe Wershba was the most-loved of them all.”

Katie on Katie and Dave on Katie: ‘So that means here at CBS, Andy Rooney is the perkiest person’

Katie Couric has just four more “Evening News” broadcasts left. As she announced last night that next Thursday will be her final broadcast, Couric added, “That night we’ll take a look back at some of the amazing stories we’ve covered over the past five years.”

As Couric was announcing her departure date, a few blocks away David Letterman was including her in his monologue. “Katie Couric… after five years of being the face of CBS News, is leaving … So that means that here at CBS, Andy Rooney is now the perkiest person.”

’60 Minutes’ with Pres. Obama is 7th Most-Watched show of the Week

While the real drama took place the prior Sunday, “60 Minutes” devoted its entire show (plus a few minutes with Andy Rooney) this past Sunday to Steve Kroft‘s interview with Pres. Obama, as the president explained the operation which lead to the death of Osama Bin Laden.

The hour drew 14.1 million Total Viewers, making it the most-watched TV show of the night and the 7th most-watched of the week. CBS points out that the Mother’s Day broadcast was watched in daylight in most of the country, and saw big increases compared to the Mother’s Day 2010 broadcast — up +29% in Total Viewers and +55% in A25-54 viewers.

Kroft’s interview was conducted at the White House on May 4, three days after the raid, as well as in New York City on May 5 as the president visited an FDNY firehouse.

Just as a point of comparison, how does this stack up against Saturday’s Kentucky Derby? Here’s the answer.

Happy Birthday, Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney is 92 today.  His birthday comes exactly one week after that of a fellow CBSer, who was surprised when Rooney and many other Tiffany network colleagues made cameos in a birthday video tribute to her.

Les Moonves, Sean McManus, Rick Kaplan, and Susan Zirinsky appear, along with a certain Today show anchor. The identity of the birthday girl, after the jump…  Read more

What do Supreme Court Justices, Popes and Andy Rooney Have In Common?

Rooney_6.18.jpgAndy Rooney will work until he drops dead. Deal with it.

“How long am I going to work? How long am I going to live? That’s the question,” says the irascible Rooney, who turns 92 in January. “I will work until I drop, or until I lose my head. Until somebody tells me different, I’m not going to quit.”

Rooney, headed into his 34th season as “60 Minutes’” resident curmudgeon, joined CBS in 1949 (that’s not a typo) as a writer for “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” (ditto.) Until a few years ago, he wrote his weekly commentaries on a manual typewriter from his World War II days (see above.)

Seven days a week, he goes to his office, which, in a manner befitting a true contrarian, is physically apart from those of the “60 Minutes” gang. When the “60″ staff set up digs across the street from CBS News headquarters, Rooney stayed put.

Given the recent public flameout of 89-year-old Helen Thomas, some say Rooney should leave the party before he suffers the same fate.

Rooney’s musings “too often are the discomforting ramblings of an old man…,” writes TV critic Ed Bark. “Hanging on like this is unseemly. Rooney has made his mark and then some. He should give someone else a chance to end ’60 Minutes’ on their own terms.”

Not gonna happen, says Rooney, whose wry, two-minute sermonettes cover topics ranging from the amount of coffee in coffee cans to the demise of the “funny papers” (newspaper comic strips) to who is Lady Gaga.

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