Andy Rooney Retiring at 92-Years-Old
In his final 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney told his audience he wished he could work forever, but at 92-years-old, it was time. This American writer and television icon (although he doesn’t like to think of himself as such) has done 1,097 commentaries during his 33 years on air. His final comments included a thank you to his supportive viewership and plea to let him live the remainder of his time in peace, saying “If you see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner.”
Generational Views & Gaps
Rooney’s career hasn’t been without controversy, many of which caused him to receive disciplinary actions. Here are some of the most notable comments:
- Racism. He said that Native Americans shouldn’t be so sensitive about sports teams names affiliated with their culture, such as the Indians and the Redskin. After this, he said he wasn’t a racist and was arrested in the 1940’s for sitting at the back of a segregated bus in protest of segregation. In 2008, he commented on the election of President Barack Obama: “the citizens of this country…freely chose to elect a black man as their leader simply because he was the best choice.”
- 1990 Three Month Suspension. There was never any official explanation as to why Rooney was suspended for three months in 1990. However, many think it was related to comments he made regarding homosexual unions leading to premature death. At the time of his suspension, 60 Minutes had a 20 percent drop in viewership and Rooney immediately returned to the show. He later actually wrote that he learned a lot from the experience and didn’t want to make things difficult for anyone, especially homosexuals.
- Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Rooney commented that Cobain’s suicide overshadowed the death of Richard Nixon. He also said that young people needed to realize events like the Great Depression, Vietnam War, and World War II were more devastating than the suicide of one young man. In his next show, he apologized and took only negative responses from viewers.
Appreciate Some Strong Good Satire
Not everyone agrees with his views or satire. However, he did provide some well-founded thoughts and arguments to back up his views. I have a feeling this isn’t the last we will see of or hear from Andy Rooney.
This guest post is by Edwin, an author for USDish. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheCelebutaunt.