Andy Rooney Goes Out on a Fittingly Grouchy Note (VIDEO)

Andy RooneyTonight Andy Rooney said his final farewell to viewers of 60 Minutes. After more than 33 years of bluntly telling us what he thought about everything from Lady Gaga to surviving a recession (put a roll in your pocket at a restaurant), he bid adieu in the same grumpy but lovable manner we've come to expect from him.

In his final essay he spoke about how lucky he has been in life with a wonderful family and a job in which he got paid to tell people what he thinks. He said he's not retiring, because "writers never retire," but that he couldn't keep doing this gig forever. More than anything he directed his final message to his fans, but it wasn't necessarily with love and appreciation.

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I may have given the impression that I don't care what anyone else thinks, but I do care. I care a lot. I have always hoped people will like what I've written. Being liked is nice but it's not my intent.

Even off air, pleasing people has never been Andy's thing, and that won't change now that he's signing off either.

I spent my first 50 years trying to become well known as a writer, and the next 30 trying to avoid being famous. I walk down the street now or go to a football game and people shout, 'Hey, Andy!' And I hate that.

And don't even think about asking him for an autograph. He told Morley Safer in an interview that aired prior to his final on-air essay: "Oh, what kind of an idiot wants my name on a piece of paper?"

He did offer a bit of thanks to fans, acknowledging that he hadn't always responded graciously to their admiration, "I don't say this often, but thank you." But in his final line, he sent a pretty blunt message to his fans: "If you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner.” What a perfect note for one of the world's most famous curmudgeons to go out on. Eat away, Andy, you've earned it.

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