Rooney, 92, has been with the show since its inception in 1968 and began his weekly commentary in 1978. Since then, he’s given 1,096 essay on everything from coffee to fan mail to the economy. But his 1,097th will be his last weekly musing.
“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,” says Jeff Fager, “60 Minutes” executive producer.
The program has been under continual pressure to target a younger audience, which they’ve been addressing with additions like Byron Pitts, Lara Logan and Anderson Cooper.
Questions about Rooney’s role emerged after he was absent from his normal end-of-show slot during the show’s season premiere on Sunday (Sept. 25).
Now it appears Rooney’s time with the show is basically over.