After 22 years as the anchor for CBS Sunday Morning — and 45 years at CBS as a whole — Charles Osgood has announced his retirement from the popular television program. “Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these Sunday Morning broadcasts very much longer. Well, I’m here to tell you that the rumors are true,” he said during Sunday’s broadcast. “For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it! Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together.” His last day at Sunday Morning has been set for September 25; he will make occasional appearances on the show in the future, as well as continue to host his CBS radio show, The Osgood File. A successor has yet to be named. “I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement,” he added. “It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on Sunday Morning, the time has come.” A very happy TV-retirement to you, Charles!
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