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Andy Rooney Has Passed Away.

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CBS icon Andy Rooney - who only stopped appearing on 60 Minutes at the beginning of October after a nearly 60 year stint, passed away last night due to "serious complications" following a minor surgery at the age of 92.

Executive producer Jeff Fager says in a statement:

"It's a sad day for everybody here at CBS News … 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."

So sad.

We're just comforted to know that he was able to stay at a job he loved right until the very end.

Our thoughts go out to all of his friends, family, and loved ones.

May he R.I.P.

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60 Minutes Anchor Andy Rooney To Retire At The Age Of 92.

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Wow. We never thought we'd see the day.

60 Minutes newsman Andy Rooney, who has been featured on the show since 1978 and has garnered over 1,000 broadcasts, will be making his last regular appearance on the show this Sunday, at the age of 92, which will be preceded by a career retrospective interview with Morley Safer!

According to CBS News chairman Jeff Fager:

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It's Official! Scott Pelley Named Katie Couric's CBS Evening News Replacement

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Last month, we heard that 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley was the top candidate to take over Katie Couric's CBS Evening News anchor position after her exit.

It seemed very clear that the position was Pelley's, and sure enough, the official announcement came today that he'll take over Katie's position when she leaves the show.

Here's what he had to say about the new opportunity:

"The opportunity to lead the organization as managing editor of the evening news is something you aspire to, something you never believe you could actually achieve."

And here's what CBS News chairman/60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager had to say about it:

"There's a great tradition here and I think Scott's a terrific symbol of that tradition. [He's] as good a reporter as has ever worked at this network."

And here's what Katie Couric has said about Pelley:

"[Pelley] is a great reporter and a real gentleman, who cares deeply about the news. I know he'll put his own unique imprimatur on the broadcast and will do a great job carrying on the tradition of the CBS Evening News."

Such nice words from Katie to her successor.

Good luck, Scott! We'll def give you a watch!

What do U think about Scott Pelley as a replacement for Katie Couric? Will he be able to fill her shoes?

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CBS News Anchor Drama: Couric Out, Scott Pelley For Certain In

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So here'e the sitch:

Kate Couric is leaving CBS News. That's a done deal. It's happening. She's bidding the gig bon vovage and she isn't looking back. Now, the real question on everyone's minds is who will replace her. Well, wouldn't you know it, we've got an answer for you!

Turns out, CBS News Chariman Jeff Fager has the perfect man for the job - Scott Pelley, best known for his work as a 60 Minutes correspondent. Scott is very well-respected and has been the Chairman's top pick for the job since it became evident there was a need to replace Katie.

But more so, sources reveal that at the moment, Scott is the only choice the suits have over at CBS, as they can't seem to agree on anyone else as a backup. Scotty is their man.

Which means the only thing left to do is make the transition from Katie to Scott on the show. This has to be handled delicately, however, as the head honchos don't want to offend Katie in hopes that she'll stay with the network to do a syndicated show at the network and "maintain a presence at CBS News." No word yet if Katie has ANY interest in that, however.

You know what might help her decide? $$$ (We hear it talks!)

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CBS Evening News Roundup: Katie's Most Likely Out, But Who Shall Replace Her?!

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Hmm…decisions, decisions!

Although it hasn't been confirmed, everyone pretty much knows that Katie Couric will be leaving her position as the anchor for CBS Evening News once her five-year contract expires in June, and no one seems particularly certain on who is going to succeed her!

According to sources close to the situation, chairman Jeff Fager is looking at potentials both inside and outside of the network, although the biggest contender at this point is veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley!

Fager has apparently been favoring the newsman since Couric began contemplating the move, but apparently the position is not set in stone, because network execs may want to see someone with more celebrity than him to boost ratings!

Inneresting - especially because that's why they brought Couric in the first place, and yet the ratings still didn't pick up! Makes us think that maybe Fager should go with his gut and pick Pelley!

Who do U think should take over for Couric?? Scott Pelley or someone else?

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