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Andy Rooney is leaving '60 Minutes' after 33 years

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We know he's 174 years old, but The Juice* has to note that Andy Rooney is leaving 60 Minutes. We are cut from the same invective-soaked, vituperative cloth, you know. And yes, we share a thesaurus.

The curmudgeon, who is actually 92, will make the announcement during Sunday's rant, his 1,097th essay for the show. It will follow a segment in which Rooney is interviewed by Morley Safer. His first segment was broadcast on the show in 1978. We think that's 33 years ago, if you'd be so kind as to check our math.

"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be. He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original," Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and the executive producer of 60 Minutes said on CBSNews.com. "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."

So it's not like he's really retiring -- he's just complaining about having to work every week.

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