60 Minutes Staple Andy Rooney to Sign Off

60 minutes show-capper Andy Rooney has decided to end his longtime run with the CBS newsmagazine.

The network announced  Tuesday that the veteran commentator, 92, will make his final regular appearance on 60 Minutes this Sunday, Oct. 2.

“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,” CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager says in a statement. “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.”

A career retrospective presented by CBS correspondent Morley Safer will precede Rooney’s final — and 1,097th! — essay this Sunday.

Rooney has been a contributor to 60 Minutes since its inception in 1968, ultimately becoming an episode-ending fixture on the newser in 1978.