ANDY ROONEY thanked fans during his final appearance on the CBS show '60 Minutes' but vowed never to retire. The host, often regarded as a loveable curmudgeon, expressed gratitude for his "lucky life" before signing off after 33-years on the show, reports Reuters.
Adding a touch of his signature grumpy style, Rooney said, "I've done a lot of complaining here.but of all the things I've complained about, I can't complain about my life". Despite thanking fans for their continued support, Andy jokingly declared, "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". The radio and television writer is most notable for his weekly broadcast 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney', as part of the 60 Minutes show. Rooney would typically comment on everything from trivial items to social issues. He was suspended from Cbs in 1990 over remarks that were considered offensive to homosexuals, but quickly reinstated after the 60 Minutes show recorded a sizeable drop in audience share. Later, he apologised to viewers for comments made about Kurt Cobain's suicide. In the concluding moments of his goodbye speech, Rooney noted, "I don't think of myself as a television personality.I'm a writer who reads what he's written. I wish I could do this forever. ... But I'm not retiring. Writers don't retire, and I'll always be a writer".
Rooney first began his 70-year career in journalism on the U.S Army's 'Stars and Stripes' newspaper. Much of his work on '60 Minutes' referenced his years in the military.