And now a few minutes with Andy Rooney … Andy Rooney makes his final sign off … He was an American original … REST IN PEACE.
(January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) – RIP
It was just last month that long time CBS ’60 Minutes’ commentator signed off and did his final show. Sadly, Andy Rooney, the TV “curmudgeon” has passed away in a New York City hospital of complications following minor surgery at the age of 92. Andy Rooney had more than 60 years in the industry; however, is most known for his commentaries at the end of each ’60 Minutes’ show. Love him or not, agree with him or not … he was an icon, made you think and ponder some of the most important and insignificant things. I did not agree with all that Rooney had to say, but his style, presentation and demeanor made you watch.
Andy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays – a unique genre he is credited with inventing – died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.
One of my favorite Andy Rooney commentaries … “When Did This Become Art”
“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.”
Comments from long time ’60 Minutes’ colleague Morley Safer:
Rooney’s colleague and longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer told CNN Saturday that Rooney worked to the very end and that he would not have wanted it any other way.
“That’s the way to go,” Safer said. “The only thing better than three weeks would have been three minutes.”