Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Andy Rooney signs off ‘60 Minutes’ for the last time (video)

After 33 years on the show and 1,097 essays, Andy Rooney signed off “60 Minutes” for the last time Sunday night.

Andy Rooney on his last regular appearance on “60 Minutes” in New York. (AP)
In typical curmudgeon fashion, Rooney, 92, told viewers in a final message that if they saw him out and about to leave him alone. ”Please, just let me eat my dinner,” he said.

But Rooney also said that leaving the show was the moment he had always dreaded.

“I wish I could do this forever. But I can’t,” he said. “But I’m not retiring. Writers don’t retire, and I'll always be a writer.”

Watch Rooney:

Below, CBS correspondent Steve Hartman recalls Rooney's incredible ability to make a story out of anything:

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