After spending more than 40 years as part of the 60 Minutes team, Morley Safer will retire from the newsmagazine show Sunday. Though he joined as a regular in 1970, he began serving as a part-time correspondent on the program in 1968, the year the show began; he's the last of an original team that included the likes of and the late Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.
According to Deadline, his final broadcast, which airs this Sunday, will be followed by an hourlong special Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life.
"After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes I have decided to retire," Safer said in a statement. "It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air."
Safer joined the acclaimed news program with a story about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals. His last report aired last March, a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Said 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, "Morley's curiosity, his sense of adventure and his superb writing, all made for exceptional work done by a remarkable man. The best of Morley Safer will be on display in our special broadcast this Sunday."
60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7/6c on CBS