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Morley Safer Calls It a Day After 46 Years at '60 Minutes'

Morley Safer Calls It a Day After 46 Years at '60 Minutes'
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By    |   Wednesday, 11 May 2016 04:51 PM

Morley Safer — who has been a correspondent on CBS's "60 Minutes" for the past 46 years — is hanging up his microphone.

The affable, gravel-voiced newsman will retire at the end of the week at the age of 84, the network announced on Wednesday.

"Morley's curiosity, his sense of adventure and his superb writing, all made for exceptional work done by a remarkable man," said Jeff Fager, the investigative news show's executive producer.

Safer began with "60 Minutes" in 1970, reporting a story about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals.

"It's been a wonderful run," Safer said. "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."

In an unusual confession Safer — who always seemed remarkably comfortable in front of TV cameras — revealed that was anything but the case.

"I really don't like being on television…. It makes me uneasy. It is not natural to be talking to a piece of machinery. But the money is very good," Safer said.

CBS will air a special on Safer's exploits as a newsman, "Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life," this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

It traces Safer's life from his birth in Toronto to his rise in the '50s and '60s as a distinguished war reporter and then "60 Minutes" correspondent.

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