60 Minutes' Mike Wallace announces his retirement
After 38 years of harassing possibly everyone in the known universe during his interview segments on 60 Minutes, CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace is finally calling it quits. Wallace, who has been with the same network for 43 years, has been with 60 Minutes since its inception in 1968. During his tenure, he has interviewed heads of state from across the globe, various political movers and shakers, and stars from stage, screen and television (including a rare interview with Johnny Carson in 1979). Last year, Wallace decided to cut back on the amount of stories he did on the show.
In a statement to the media, Wallace said that his upcoming 88th birthday was one of the factors for considering retirement. He stated that his eyes and ears weren't what they used to be and that "the prospect of long flights to wherever in search of whatever are not quite as appealing."
Wallace will remain with CBS News as 'Correspondent Emeritus', which most likely means that he'll still collect a paycheck with his feet up on his desk.