60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney Says Goodbye With Final Signoff


Vibe | October 3, 2011 - 4:10 pm

Think you can handle Andy Rooney’s 60 Minutes better gig better than him? Well the 92-year-old is stepping to the left as he delivered his final Few Minutes commentary on the long-lived show Sunday night. 

Although Rooney’s spent decades on the small screen fussing over everyday grumbles, during his farewell he explained that over all these years he never considered himself the TV type. 

 “I don’t think of myself as a television personality. I’m a writer who reads what he’s written,” he said. 

However don’t think that just because Rooney peaced out on 60 that he’s on the route to retirement. “I wish I could do this forever,” he said. “I can’t, though. But I’m not retiring. Writers don’t retire. And I’ll always be a writer.”

 Yet while Rooney’s said he loves his job as a writer because he spreads truth and knowledge in the world, don’t roll up on the dude when you see him outside your tube. 

“I walk down the street now or go to a football game and people shout, ‘Hey, Andy!’ and I hate that. A lot of you have sent me wonderful letters and said good things to me when you meet me in the street,” he said. “I wasn’t always gracious about it. It’s hard to accept being liked. I don’t say this often, but thank you.”

And we thank you, Andy.