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Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney,who devlivered his last "60 Minutes" commentary Oct. 2, passed away Friday night in New York following minor surgery.  He was 92.  

Rooney joined CBS-TV in 1949 when maybe 19 TV sets existed. 

 His final on-air words were be preceded by a conversation between Rooney and Morley Safer, who at age 79 (and following the earlier departures of Harry Reasoner, Don Hewitt and Mike Wallace) became the series’ reigning elder.

“Three Minutes Or So With Andy Rooney” was launched in 1978 as a summer replacement for “60 Minutes’” “Point/Counterpoint” speed-debate segment (best remembered for inspiring Dan Aykroyd’s signature “Weekend Update” line “Jane, you ignorant slut”). Rooney’s segments proved so popular “Point/Counterpoint” was phased out entirely by 1979.

Norm Macdonald loved Rooney’s segments so much the SNL vet created a wildly unpopular Fox sitcom called “A Minute With Stan Hooper” about a guy who delivers commentaries at the end of a newsmagazine.

From Wikipedia:

Rooney joined CBS in 1949, as a writer for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts,[5] when Godfrey was at his peak on CBS radio and TV. It opened the show up to a variety of viewers. The program was a hit, reaching number one in 1952, during Rooney's tenure with the program. It was the beginning of a close life-long friendship between Rooney and Godfrey. He wrote for Godfrey's daytime radio and TV show Arthur Godfrey Time. He later moved on to The Garry Moore Show,[7] which became a hit program. During the same period, he wrote for CBS News public affairs programs such as The Twentieth Century.

According to CBS News's biography of him, "Rooney wrote his first television essay, a longer-length precursor of the type he does on 60 Minutes, in 1964, 'An Essay on Doors.'[8] From 1962 to 1968, he collaborated with another close friend, the late CBS News correspondent Harry Reasoner — Rooney writing and producing, Reasoner narrating — on such notable CBS News specials as 'An Essay on Bridges' (1965),[8] 'An Essay on Hotels' (1966),[8] 'An Essay on Women' (1967),[8] and 'The Strange Case of the English Language' (1968).[8] In 1968, he wrote two CBS News specials in the series 'Of Black America',[8] and his script for 'Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed' won him his first Emmy." [9]

When CBS declined to broadcast 'An Essay on War' in 1970, Rooney quit CBS and read the opinion himself on PBS--his first appearance on television.[10] That show in 1971 won Rooney his third Writers Guild Award.[8] Rooney rejoined CBS in 1973 to write and produce special programs.[10] Rooney also wrote the script for the 1975 documentary FDR: The Man Who Changed America.

After his return to the network, Rooney wrote and appeared in several prime-time specials for CBS, including In Praise of New York City (1974),[7] the Peabody Award-winning Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington (1975),[7] Mr. Rooney Goes to Dinner (1978),[7] and Mr. Rooney Goes to Work (1977).[7] Transcripts of these specials, as well as of some of the earlier collaborations with Reasoner, are contained in the book A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney. Another special, Andy Rooney Takes Off, followed in 1984.


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  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST


    by Ben

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I thought he was dead already

    by kabookieslap


  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Rooney is a curmudgeon...

    by WeylandYutani

    but not as big a curmudgeon as klytus_i.m_bored or kabookieslap.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    I hope it's a swerve

    by Jack

    and he's back next Sunday

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    That clip with Ali G is kinda funny because...

    by JethroBodine

    That clip with Ali G is kinda funny because Rooney has actually been accused of reporting the news before it happened. I wonder if Ali was going to bring that up? Yo, check it!

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by MaxThrust

    I hope YOU die soon. Preferably in a fire... after being in a car wreck... on your way home from the hospital after being gang raped by 37 black guys.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    his work during WWII was pretty good

    by Dustoff74

    so he doesn't fit in with the "wired" folks today. still, at 92, he's been doing what he loves and getting a paycheck for it. i'd want to be either Andy Rooney or Hugh Hefner when i am reaching 100... i wish him well in retirement. i may not agree with his commentaries, but i have to respect his longevity in the business.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST

    ever wonder how an old racist fuck lasted 30 years on tv?

    by john

    who the fuck cares

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Jealous of Rooney, are we, Klytus?

    by Chief Joseph

    The guy was basically an AICN talkbacker, but he got paid $$$$ to bitch about trivial shit. How sweet is that? More power to you, Andy. I always hated all that cotton in medicine bottles, too.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:02 a.m. CST

    @ weylandyutani

    by kabookieslap

    You got that right Mo Fo

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

    There are bigger racists. He was hauled off to jail in the 1940s for protesting segregation.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by DarthInfidel

    Time to refresh on your classic SNL Herc!

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Why Do Old Men Love Big, Bushy Eyebrows???

    by Graphix67

    Having 3-inch long eyebrows leaning over my eyeballs would drive me freakin' nuts!

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by kabookieslap

    Cause at a certain age you stop giving a shit

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Correction: WAS famous for bringing a sense of humor

    by the_patriot

    He hasn't been funny for years. He's turned into a bitter, angry, sniping old bastard who only THINKS he's being funny. Much like George Carlin was toward the end of his life as well. The sharp wit and cutting comments from Rooney died years ago - at this point, him leaving the show is merely a formality.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    It's about damn time.

    by Dr Gregory House

  • ...that Jerry Seinfeld later cribbed from him. So we can all credit, or blame, him for that.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by john

    there were many who fought against slavery, only to turn out to be huge racists

  • I wanted to punch him right thru the screen, looking at those clips from the mid 90s

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Andy Rooney: the first video blogger

    by Will

    Sheesh the man was blogging before the internet was ever dreamed of! Call it what you want it but he was doing it first.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    give US a few decades and we'll be him

    by tangcameo

    we'll be the ones sitting in a corner behind a desk (or more likely in a hover-wheelchair) telling complete strangers "what's the deal with implant phones? in my day they weren't part of your body and to get a good dose of radiation to get Alexander Graham Bell Syndrome you actually had to hold it up against your head. Now it's bolted to your skull under your ear. blah blah blah..."

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    You people have no idea.

    by gotilk

    He's a national treasure. Show some respect. yo

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    hes the first troll

    by john


  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Andy will be replaced by...

    by Lukes Lost Hand

    puppet boooooobz!!!

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    I couldn't stand the dude.

    by beastie

    The first time I remember paying attention to him, he was complaining about how hard it is to open milk cartons. I thought "JESUS. They have an hour of reporting somewhat important news, then they follow it up with some old guy complaining". I could go sit in line at the Walgreens pharmacy and get the same thing. I won't show the same amount of disrespect as the earlier talkbacker who said that they hope he dies soon, but I'm glad that this man, who looks around him in life for things to complain about, is off the air.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Looks like Oliver Platt in the top vidcap up there.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I stopped watching him when his whole bit one night was about items on his desk. "And this is my stapler...I wonder how many pages it's held together over the years." Seriously? It was like open mic night at Shady Acres. I respect him for his overall contribution, but his segments over the last few years have been on the decline, quality wise.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Joe Piscopo was actually kinda funny in his SNL impersonation of Rooney

    by Damned if I can login

    And this from 1981! 30yrs ago SNL was doing better Andy Rooney bits than Andy Rooney! (Holding up pair of jackboots) Ever notice there weren’t many Nazis named Steve? Ever notice what a weird name Morley Safer is? Morley, is that the opposite of Leslie? And Mike Wallace. Boy, what a jackass! I mean, if you did something illegal, would you tell Mike Wallace about it? I wouldn’t.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Although he did take a stand on "teen angst" when Cobain offed himself

    by Damned if I can login

    Then he had to backpedal when all the angst became anger. Funny thing, I saw that original bit....and for once I agreed with him completely.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Now replace him with Lewis Black

    by thelordofhell

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Have you ever noticed that Andy Rooney's face looks like...

    by Snake Foreskin

    a melting wax figure from a Pink Panther movie? Especially the drooping skin hanging down on his upper lip. As he has approached 100, his skin keeps growing and sagging in the funniest places. Which may be the funniest thing about him. The guy was always annoying, rarely entertaining. Much like 60 Minutes in general.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    You ever notice how old men smell like spicy cheese?

    by proevad

    Why is that? Put me on the list of people who thought he died about 10 years ago. Annoying fucker. Couldn't stand him growing up.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    This is the worst thread since the Ryan Dunn obit

    by proevad

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Restyles, STFU.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Seriously, go cry somewhere, sandy vagina.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Yup, stupid TB. Idiots complaining that an old man looks old.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I bet you were top of the special class!

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Hey it only took a month!

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Jack Nicholson: I warned him.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

  • No reason to live = fucking dead. Even if you hate your job keep going because it'll keep you alive and being not-dead you can do non-job stuff.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    God this site disgusts me.

    by lochkray

    The lack of respect being shown here at the death of Rooney is vile. If you didn't like the man or his opinions, fine, but no need to be a giant douche about it. Christ, show some respect for a dead man. AICN has really gone down hill lately. And not for all the constant bitching reasons that the dim witted talk-backers continually go on about (aint it old news, everybody is a plant, Harry is dumb, too much Human Centipede news, I hate Lucas etc; etc; etc;) The talkbacks here have just become a constant venue for vile "shock" comments from pathetic, dull, stupid, hostile, jackass, dumbfuck douche-dribbles. And its really become too much for me. Lately, mostly here, but on comment boards all over the web, I've found that the internet has made its greatest impression in regards to freedom of speach; It makes one wonder if it really is worth having. Makes me yearn for the day when the only time a person could publicly announce their opinion was when they had the eloquence and ability to put forward their point of view in intelligent, humorous, or insightful ways - enough ability to garner the attention of major media. When those people didn't waste their opportunity to mindlessly spew hateful crap, but rather took the time to think about what was going to be said, no matter how grand or picayune, and articulated their view with skill and craft. Just like Andy Rooney used to do. R.I.P. man. I thought you were great.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    While I feel for his family...he had nothing to do with Film.

    by conspiracy

    And given his world views I can't imagine the man liking or approving anything that has come out of Hollywood since about 1959. Now...Roy Disney...someone who actually worked in and cared about Cinema and the arts in general...died in 2009. we still have not seen his obit.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I'm confused.

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    Being British I have next to no idea who this fella is (Mickey's brother?) but the article is clearly an obituary and even mentions the time and manner of his passing yet most of the comments seem to suggest he has merely retired???

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    You ever notice...

    by gotilk

    How much you miss him already? I always got a chuckle and perspective from his commentary. I always thought that a good replacement for him, once he'd decided to retire, would have been Jello Biafra. Even their voices are somewhat similar. Their views, of course, are very different. But the tone and the approach is more similar than you'd think. He will be missed. It makes you wonder if he'd have lived forever if he continued to broadcast. After losing Paul Harvey (The rest.... of the story), who do we have left from his great generation with that style and professionalism? A passing to be noticed and respected.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    lochkray ... stick around

    by gotilk

    You just have to filter it out. It can be hard. But I think it's worth it.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    RIP Andy,

    by Ted Knight

    but you were pretty much RIP'ing for the last 30 years. Good riddance. The only good propagandist is a dead propagandist and some times the world is a better place when a particular person dies. Take Walter Cronkite or Ted Kennedy, well you can add this piece of crap Rooney to that list. A man who gave journalism a black eye. It can't get worse than Rooney.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Who gives a fuck...

    by KonkBob

    Talented actors haven't even been mentioned in passing on this site and space is wasted on this "I tell it like it is" grumpy hack?

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    ever wonder why they say "dont ever retire"?

    by john


  • Nov. 5, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    restyles, listen to Jercules

    by Immortal_Fish

    There were bigger racists, like former KKK grand dragon Democrat Robert Byrd who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964. "Racist Democrat." Now that's just redundant.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    The funniest thing about that Ali G clip ...

    by Toe Jam

    Is that Rooney, who spent decades in the media, believes it proper to say "The media HAS changed ..." when "media" is actually a plural noun, meaning it should actually be "The media HAVE changed ..." Yet he acts so indignant and lectures Ali G about proper English. Good riddance to the humorless, boring old fuck. My 95-year-old grandfather produces greater pearls of wisdom and humor on a daily basis, yet Rooney somehow parlayed that into a successful career, even with not an ounce of charisma or warmness.

  • Mind you I'm not saying I expected comments like "good riddance!" or anything, but particularly people roughly in my age group and younger (I'm 35) I wouldn't have thought would be nearly this forgiving with their words for him. I know I didn't really like him at all, he was the epitome of the dickish old curmudgeon screaming "get off my lawn!!", and I'd always got the impression many of my peers felt more or less the same way.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Anyone who didnt like him is an asshat.

    by d_fens1969

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    A true legend in broadcasting

    by Pat

    You will be missed Mr. Rooney. The first modern, healthy cynic. Thank you.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    What an incredible lack of honor, dignity, humanity, bravery in this talk back. I can't be sure if it's the anonymity this forum provides or just a lack of intelligence disguised as "humor" I would give anything for a device that allowed me to push a button and transport those being disrespectful in an Obituary into my presence to look you in the eye and ask you to repeat to my face what you typed. I don't advocate violence but this culture of internet stupidity, rudeness, spitefulness has been borne and cultivated in this era of the internet. AND I most certainly would punch the stupid out of you and teach you the respect your parents failed to instill. You are weak sniveling whimpering child like creatures who have nothing to offer society. Know that you are nothing, know it because your actions define you. You can come back at me and attempt to insult and flame me but understand that I will rest easy knowing I would absolutely punch the stupid out of you and your words mean less than nothing.

  • He hate tha white man.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    RIP Cory Smoot of GWAR

    by disfigurehead

    Flattus has left this mudball planet.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 1 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    You know that the only instance of "racism" attributed to Rooney was actually a hoax, right? Are you that stupid that you can't even use google? Seriously man, grow a fucking brain.

  • Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out buddy!

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Never liked the guy...

    by Ryan

    I'm not happy that he's dead or anything. I just always found him to be annoying and thought he came off like an idiot.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    brasky you mad because

    by happyboy

    the average joe who enlists in the army has a lower IQ, mean household income, is disproportionately minority and undereducated compared to the typical American? he's talking about wartime draft. peacetime, prior to the reorganization of the US Armed Forces in the 70s you literally had judges give the ol' "JAIL OR ARMY" ultimatum to minor offenders which produced a really ACE ARMY that really bolstered our reputation in germany, south korea, japan and elsewhere they were stationed. Drugs and gangs were rampant and the LA Gangs Crips and Blood had roots in some of those rejects. obviously the modern merc Army where people join voluntarily because 1)they need the money 2)they want to kill some Arabs 3)want to go overseas and fuck some Asian and or European chicks is better than what we had in the 70s

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 4:02 a.m. CST

    I'm not sure who Andy Rooney is

    by david starling

    I live in the UK, so I've probably missed something completely here. But, if he was as colourful as many as you make out, and if he only wanted to make people have an opinion in life, then this talkback, in retrospect, is probably, at some points, the greatest tribute to him out there. Sounds to me like an agitated man is somewhere laughing at a lot of agitated people!!

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Oh good, now he can "sierratangofoxtrotuniform" permanetly.

    by Stalkeye

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by Pat

    You hit the nail on the head.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Wait, Harry isn't writing this?

    by Epsilon

    Strange. I was all eager to hear "Andy Fucking Rooney is dead, folks! I can't believe it. You know, Andy used to personally call and tell me how amazing and important and I was ... that the future of the world rested in my hands." Blah blah blah ...

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST

    And still no ED MCMAHON Obit!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Make it right man! The guy deserved one more than the guy from JACKASS who died driving drunk! :(

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Wasn't this the AR retirement thread? Did someone get lazy?

    by tangcameo

    I'm seeing my own comment from like a month ago here. Doesn't the death of someone deserve a fresh thread?

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    @happy boy

    by Bill Brasky

    I'm literally dumber after reading your amateurish response to my well thought-out post. And the title "brasky you mad because" really shows how fucking ignorant you are. By all means man, keep up the idiotic flaming. It’s the law of averages. The more of you there are, the smarter I feel.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by t_allen

    You said it better than I could myself. You can google and read some of his journalism from the second world war. Just type in 'Andy Rooney stars and stripes'. RIP Mr. Rooney, I will miss your segment on 60 Minutes.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by t_allen Is a good start.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    He reporting during the Civil War was legendary.

    by Simpsonian

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    So we're delicate flowers because we don't tear apart the dead? Because we're not callous, rude anonymously brave?!? You are exactly who I'm targeting, an inappropriately behaved, raised without discipline or knowledge. We're to get over ourselves because this is THE INTERNET?!?! That's your free pass to be a douche? Bottom line: The man was a journalist/humorist. and by no means deserves a trashing in his obituary.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by john fuck you...i can google...can you???? stupid cunt

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    fuck rooney

    by john

    he and paul harvey were the two most annoying people on the planet

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    your little retarded fingers can apparently punch the keyboard but you retarded addled brain can't seem to read or comprehend what you read. First he is apologizing for the remark and for the most parts "racists" don't apologize for their beliefs. (Tell me to slow down if you're having trouble keeping up) Second, I really don't find the remark "Most players in baseball are named Rodriguez" to be racist. I have many many friends who are Puerto Rican, Spanish or Mexican who would not consider this racist but rather humorous. Since as you stated you can Google (very good here's a treat, good boy) Try Googling the definition of "racist". But really the reason I chose to chastise you is your choice of anonymously trashing a man in his obituary. You are a little little boy.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    This the guy that sings "Sha-Shake It"

    by Ozman X

    Hate that song.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    thecheesegrommit you ignorant slut

    by john

    fact is, most ball players are not named rodriguez second, apologizing after making such a remark in bullshit third, a talk show host in sf was fired in 05 for complaining that the the giants were made up of "Caribbeans hacking at slop nightly" he apologized too...still got his ass canned fuck rooney glad that old dirty bastard is dead

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    How sad they had to hide this obit.

    by lochkray

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    WOW! I almost feel sorry for you. You are burdened with being medically retarded. You honestly think He or I were serious that most players are actually named Rodrigez??? He was illustrating that there is a high percentage of Hispanic ball players. How does that make him a racist? and how do you feel that comment is racist? More importantly you are swinging from the rafters happy that this man is dead. a man who had friends and family who loved him even though you felt for some reason he was a modern day Hitler, the scourge of the earth. You have no logical intelligent reason for your vitriol. And once again you would have nothing to say about this in public in front of live people and I am most certain you would not say this to my face! You are and I repeat a little little boy with no redeeming value. Live with that knowledge, it must be unbearable.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    ill rejoice when imus kicks the bucket too

    by john

    another no talent racist prick and what good american doesnt like baseball? not only was he a racist, but he was unamerican gonna dig up his corpse and hang him from the highest yardarm amen

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 6 p.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    What city are you located in? I was thinking we could grab a beer and discuss this subject. You fascinate me. Cheers!

  • Nov. 7, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I'd like to point something out.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    This thread started in early October when it was announced that Rooney was retiring. My comment was based on that (note the date of my post). Using an old thread for an obit is a little irresponsible, because if people don't notice the dates of the post being a month ago, then it makes the pre-death posts look like people are taking shots at a dead guy when (most) people are not.

  • Fuck you and your hateful bushy eyebrows. Ass.

  • Nov. 8, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Rooney seemingly had little time for anyone outside of his commentary, so I have little time to eulogize a grumpy old fuck.

  • Nov. 8, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Restyles and thedickcheesegrommit

    by NightArrows

    Why don't you two meet up? thedickcheesegrommit could show Restyles what a tough guy he is, and Restyles could show dickcheesegrommit how much he hates Rooney! There's a reality show in there somewhere...