The commentator will sign off this Sunday after 33 years and 1,097 original essays

By People Staff
Updated September 28, 2011 08:15 AM
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Andy Rooney, whose wry and acerbic essays about the foibles of everyday life have been a mainstay on 60 Minutes since 1978, will retire from the CBS news-magazine program this Sunday after his 1,097th original essay.

“There’s nobody like Andy, and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,” Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, told CBS News. “His contributions to 60 Minutes are immeasurable; he’s also a great friend. It’s harder for him to do it every week, but he will always have the ability to speak his mind on 60 Minutes when the urge hits him.”

Rooney, 92, will look back on his career in an interview with Morley Safer during Sunday’s program, then announce his retirement in his essay.
Tim Nudd