Did you ever wonder what “60 Minutes” would be like without Andy Rooney? We’re about to find out. The long-time CBS television personality is retiring from the show after 33 years.
Rooney has presented nearly 1,100 video essays in his time with the legendary CBS news feature show. The 2003 Lifetime Achievement Emmy award winner is 92.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Rooney won several awards for television writing. The 1968 script for “Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed” earned him his first Emmy. In addition to his lifetime achievement award, Rooney has earned three additional Emmy awards.
Rooney stumbled into some criticism during his later career. In 1990, CBS suspended him for offending homosexuals. In 2007, sports blogs criticized him for saying “I know all about Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but today’s baseball stars are all guys named Rodriguez to me.” He told the New York Times that he regretted the comment.