’60 Minutes’ Will Salute Rooney on Sunday

Andy Rooney (Photo: CBS)

Andy Rooney (Photo: CBS)

The producers of “60 Minutes” scrambled to change the story lineup of Sunday’s show in the wake of Andy Rooney’s death.

CBS News issued this brief announcement of the change on Saturday: “This Sunday 60 MINUTES will end its broadcast with a tribute segment to . . . Andy Rooney. The tribute, by Morley Safer, will be broadcast Sunday, Nov, 6 (7:00 – 8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.”

Rooney, a star of “60 Minutes” for 33 years, aired his last commentary on on Oct. 2 and died Friday night, Nov. 4, at age 92 from complications following surgery characterized as “minor” (probably, no surgery is “minor” when a patient is 92).

Back on Oct. 2, before he said farewell, the venerable news program aired a full segment on Rooney’s life and times, with long-time colleague Morley Safer interviewing him. Presumably, this Sunday’s tribute will consist of much of the same material from that previous segment — bits of the Safer interview interspersed with video from Rooney’s long career.

The story replaces one about the University of Maryland-Baltimore and the university’s innovative president, Freeman Hrabowski.

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