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Regis Wants to Be the Next Andy Rooney (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 17th 2011 2:45PM
As the Regis Philbin Farewell Tour enters the home stretch before his final 'Live' show on Friday, the Reeg's TV future remains unclear. He filmed a pilot episode of a reality show, but didn't take to the genre, and the project never went anywhere.

Tuesday on 'The View,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) Regis came up with an innovative idea for next move. Instead of starting his own new show, he'd like to just be featured on the last five minutes of someone else's show.

"I want to be Andy Rooney!" he yelled. "I'll just spend five minutes with whoever's there," he continued, and when Elisabeth Hasselbeck joked that maybe he should assume that role on 'The View,' he jumped at the idea. "Now you're talkin' baby!"

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Andy Rooney's Son Brian Remembers His Father on 'Early' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 7th 2011 1:00PM
Andy Rooney passed away on Friday, nearly two months after stepping away from his post at '60 Minutes.' Rooney's son Brian stopped by 'Early' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) to talk about his father's final days in television, and what the lovable curmudgeon was like off-camera.

"I always tell people it's the same act that ran on the other end of the dinner table ... he was amazingly in character for his entire life," Brian said. "He was himself whether at home or in front of the television camera."

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'60 Minutes' Plans Andy Rooney Tribute

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 6th 2011 12:30PM
Andy Rooney'60 Minutes' will air a special segment devoted to the late Andy Rooney.

Rooney died Fri., Nov. 4 at the age of 92. He had stepped down from his '60 Minutes' post on Oct. 2, saying at the time "I wish I could do this forever. I can't, though."

Rooney's final essay, "My Lucky Life," was his 1,097th for the long-running news program.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Morley Safer will lead the tribute to the late writer. Rooney had been with '60 Minutes' since 1978.

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Andy Rooney Dies at Age 92

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 5th 2011 9:10AM
Andy Rooney'60 Minutes' commentator Andy Rooney has passed away. He was 92.

According to CBS, Rooney died in a New York City hospital on Friday. In late October Rooney had minor surgery, but suffered from complications. He never recovered.

"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of '60 Minutes' said. "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."

The veteran journalist stepped down from his '60 Minutes' post in early October after his 1097th 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney' commentary. At the time, CBS News said he wasn't retiring, just not doing the weekly segment.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Rooney's Final 'Few Minutes,' Lilly's Gassy Past & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 8th 2011 12:30PM


Our favorite TV clips from this week ran the full gamut of emotions, and were filled with contradictions. J.R. Martinez's 'Dancing With the Stars' tribute to fallen soldiers was uplifting and emotional, a solid rebound after the horror of last week's Nancy Grace nip slip. Andy Rooney's '60 Minutes' sign-off was grumpily sincere, while Evangeline Lilly's story about farting on an airplane passenger was gross but oddly charming.

Meanwhile, Snooki throwing wine bottles at the Situation was, like most things that happen on 'Jersey Shore,' sadly entertaining. Finally, Hank Williams Jr. comparing President Obama to Hitler ... well, that was just absurd and unoriginal.

Check out the clips after the jump and vote for your personal favorite in our weekly poll.

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Andy Rooney Gives His Final 'Few Minutes' to '60 Minutes' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:45AM
Andy Rooney, '60 Minutes''60 Minutes' (Sun., 7PM ET on CBS) is going to probably start sounding a lot less grouchy in the coming weeks. For more than 30 years, Andy Rooney has brought his signature crabbiness to the tail-end of many '60 Minutes' broadcast, but he's filed his final complaint.

At 92-years old, the journalist and writer promises he's not retiring, but he will be leaving the airwaves and signing off for the last time. But while he was heartfelt, gracious and appreciative of all the success he's found in his life and career, it wouldn't be Andy Rooney if he didn't offer a few complaints.

He hates it when people shout 'Hey Andy!' in the streets, and after saying thank you to all his fans, he left them with one piece of advice. "If you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner."

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Nancy Grace Nip Slip, Urkel in the 'House' & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 2nd 2011 1:30PM


This week in TV clips was at times horrifying, but ended on a positive note. Last week's 'X Factor Flashing' gave way to the Nancy Grace nip slip. And then Andy Rooney retired, which inspired outpouring of mash-ups saluting his career in grumpy old man musings. Both Ed Helms and Seth Rogen got Jersey Turnpiked by the 'Jersey Shore.' But then Jaleel White came back into our TV lives and set everything back right in the world.

Check out some of our favorite clips from the week that was in TV and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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Our Favorite TV Viral Video of the Day: Andy Rooney Out of Context!

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 29th 2011 4:05PM
Andy RooneyOn Sun., Oct. 2, Andy Rooney will step down from his '60 Minutes' soapbox.

Yep, after 33 years, Rooney will end 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney.' His 1097th show will be his last. To celebrate, the genius folks at Holytaco.com have clipped together this hilarious minute and a half long video of Rooney ... out of context.

Try not to laugh as he says some of the oddest sentences known to man, like "I wouldn't mind having her teeth," or "February is strange!"

Enough teasing, watch the video below!

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Andy Rooney's Endearing Grumpiness Remembered by CBS (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 28th 2011 12:40PM
Andy Rooney has been providing endearingly grumpy commentary on '60 Minutes' for over 30 years. In the wake of yesterday's announcement that the 92-year-old newsman would be stepping away from his post following this Sunday's show, 'Early' (weekdays, 9AM ET on CBS) payed tribute to Rooney with a montage that was filled with his patented observational gripes.

In the clip, Rooney laments the need for warnings not to eat detergent and crusades against the cotton balls that come packaged in pill bottles. He proudly states that he'll never trim his eyebrows and wonders just how varied mix nuts are. All in all, it's a great reminder of what made Andy Rooney America's slightly perturbed next-door neighbor.

"I've tried to correct what's wrong with the world over the years, and it's discouraging to note what little effect I've had," Rooney observes. "They're still putting cotton in pill bottles."

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Andy Rooney Stepping Down From '60 Minutes' Post

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 5:16PM
Andy RooneyAndy Rooney is leaving his '60 Minutes' commentary post.

Rooney, 92, will make his formal announcement on Sunday. It will be his 1097th 'A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney' commentary.

Prior to his farewell segment, Rooney will look back on his career in a retrospective with Morley Safer.

"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be," Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and '60 Minutes' executive producer, said in a statement. "He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original. His contributions to '60 Minutes' are immeasurable; he's also a great friend."

Rooney will probably not be replaced and '60 Minutes' will always welcome him back.

"It's harder for him to do it every week," Fager said. "But he will always have the ability to speak his mind on '60 Minutes' when the urge hits him."

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Andy Rooney Angers Some Viewers (But He's Right)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2010 3:02PM
Andy RooneyI've never understood the animosity that Andy Rooney attracts by a certain segment of the TV viewing population. Take his segment on last night's '60 Minutes' (video after the jump). He talked about the jobless rate and the jobs that are available now and how maybe - just maybe - we need more plumbers and other people who actually do something more than we need, well, people who do my job.

This isn't a new stance by Rooney. He's been saying the same thing for years. Rooney just turned 91 years old so he's earned the right to repeat things if he wants. But I know that Rooney has talked about this before because, well, I've actually read what Rooney has written over the years. Most people who dislike Rooney know him for only one thing, his weekly segments on '60 Minutes.'

But the guy has been a journalist since World War II and has written several books and a weekly column for decades, but the people who find him "unfunny" or "irrelevant" only know him from the CBS show.

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Happy Birthday, Andy Rooney!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 14th 2010 7:02PM
Andy Rooney is one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite people in general. He turns 91 today, and he's still going to work and writing and doing his weekly essays for 60 Minutes. His work there is still my favorite part of the show, but to get an even better sense of the man you should read his books.

Here are a few samples of his work on 60 Minutes over the years. Happy Birthday, Mr. Rooney.

On New Year's Eve:

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Review: Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2009 10:02AM
Andy RooneyA lot of people only know Andy Rooney from the "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" segments that he's done on 60 Minutes since the late 70s. That's a shame. Not that those segments aren't great (I still make a point of making sure I watch Rooney every Sunday night), it's just that there's a lot more to Rooney than what viewers see on TV. His new book will show you that.

Actually, the title 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit is inaccurate, since the book also has a few pieces from the early 1940s, when Rooney was a reporter in the Army. Rooney will be 91 in January, and he really has lived a great life. We should all be working and still lively when we're near that age.

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Don Hewitt dead at 86

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2009 11:50AM
Don HewittNewsman and producer Don Hewitt has died at the age of 86.

Hewitt is probably best known for creating 60 Minutes and ushering in the genre of the TV news magazine show. He also produced The CBS Television News in the late 40s and later The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He also directed various TV shows and specials, including See It Now (Grant Heslov played Hewitt in the 2005 movie Good Night, and Good Luck), Presidential Timber, and One Plane, One Bomb, and even produced the first Presidential debate on TV, Nixon vs. Kennedy.

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Here's another big list of celebrities that are getting together soon

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2009 9:06PM
CronkiteLook at this cast list!

President Obama
Katie Couric
Bill Clinton
Tom Brokaw
Les Moonves
Andy Rooney
Nick Clooney
Jimmy Buffett
Mickey Hart
Buzz Aldrin
Bob Schieffer
Wynton Marsalis

What do they all have in common?

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