Andy Rooney (1919-2011) was an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, commentator, and author, best remembered for his long stint on 60 Minutes, from 1978 until 2011. His closing segment (initially called "Three Minutes or So with Andy Rooney") offered musings and often complaints about everyday annoyances or aspects of life.
Earlier in his career, Rooney had distinguished himself as a war correspondent during World War II before joining CBS as a writer in the 1940s (often scripting news specials or documentary programs such as FDR: The Man Who Changed America).
- In the sixth season Muppet Babies episode "Not Necessarily the Babies," in which the babies attempt TV news, the episode ends with Baby Scooter spoofing Andy Rooney and offering his own commentary.
- In the Dinosaurs episode "Scent of a Reptile, a promo for "60,000,000 Minutes" includes "a bit of fluff from the old whiny guy."