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)

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: