Charles Osgood, CBS Sunday Morning Anchor, Announces Imminent Retirement: 'The Time Has Come'

Charles Osgood Retires

CBS Sunday Morning‘s top story today was about its beloved longtime host, Charles Osgood.

The broadcasting legend announced his retirement on air during Sunday’s show, bringing to an end a career that has spanned 45 years (22 of which he spent anchoring Sunday Morning). His final telecast is set for Sunday, Sept. 25.

“Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these Sunday Morning broadcasts very much longer. Well, I’m here to tell you that the rumors are true,” Osgood told viewers. “For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it! Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together. I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on Sunday Morning, the time has come.”

Osgood will continue to host his daily radio segment The Osgood File on the CBS Radio Network, as well as make occasional appearances on Sunday Morning.