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Andy Rooney delivered his final 60 Minutes essay, telling viewers: "I wish I could do this forever."

"I'm not retiring. Writers don't retire and I'll always be a writer," the 92-year-old Emmy-winning writer said during his 1,097th appearance on the CBS newsmagazine Sunday.

Andy Rooney leaving 60 Minutes after more than 30 years

Rooney, who became a regular on the show in 1978, said he spent "50 years trying to become known as a writer and the next 30 trying to avoid being famous." Hence, his parting words: "If you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner."

Watch his final commentary: