Steve Kroft signs off from ’60 Minutes': ‘I want to leave while I still have all of my marbles’

Steve Kroft officially signed off from “60 Minutes” Sunday evening after announcing his intentions Friday to retire from the program where he has worked for 30 years.

In a brief message at the end of the show, Kroft said it was a “difficult decision” but he still had other things he wanted to do and noted wryly that he wasn’t “getting any younger.”

“As my good friend and colleague, Morley Safer advised me a few days before he passed away, ‘Don’t stay too long,'” Kroft said. “There are still some things I’d like to do that I haven’t done. I’m not getting any younger. I want to leave while I still have all of my marbles, the energy to enjoy life and the curiosity to pursue some different things.”

Safer, who spent 46 years on the show, died just one week after retiring from the broadcast in 2016.

“I’ve done nearly 500 stories for this broadcast and that has taken up most of the past 30 years of my life,” Kroft continued. “It’s been a tremendously rewarding experience and I want to thank you.”

Kroft first joined “60 Minutes” in 1989 servingside along legendary past correspondents including Mike Wallace, Safer, Harry Reasoner and Ed Bradley. He has spent more than 50 years as a journalist with 40 of those years at CBS News.

“Steve Kroft’s reporting for ’60 Minutes’ has been as important as any correspondent’s in the history of this broadcast,” “60 Minutes” executive producer Bill Owens said in a statement Friday. “Steve, with his sharp eye for detail, rich writing and demanding journalism, has set the bar at ’60 Minutes’ for three decades.”

Though the show will be losing Kroft, it will be gaining John Dickerson, who moved off his gig co-hosting “CBS This Morning” to become a permanent correspondent for the program. The move was part of a sweeping talent shakeup at the network.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Journalist Steve Kroft attends the "Fifty Years Of 60 Minutes" book launch event at 92nd Street Y on November 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Jimmy Fallon and journalist Steve Kroft attend the 2012 Writers Guild East Coast Awards at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Jennet Conant and Steve Kroft attend 2017 'Take Home A Nude' art party and auction at Sotheby's on October 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 15: CBS presented its 2019-20 prime time schedule today, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Carnegie Hall, followed by a star studded party at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. An array of the Network's new and returning series stars are shown walking the red carpet at the Plaza. Pictured: Steve Kroft, Correspondent, 60 MINUTES., Sharon Alfonsi, Bill Whitaker, Correspondent, 60 MINUTES. (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Steve Kroft attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of "Escape To Margaritaville" at The Marquis Theatre on March 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage,)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Steve Kroft attends the 2016 CBS Upfront at The Plaza on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Bill Rudin, Chris Isham and Steve Kroft attend George Farias, Anne and Jay McInerney Host A Christmas Cheer Holiday Party 2016 at The Doubles Club on December 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: TV personality Steve Kroft (C) and VP Talent and Industry Affairs at SiriusXM Steve Leeds (R) attend the Mirror Awards '15 at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Steve Kroft attends the 13th Annual Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation Celebrity Gala at Cipriani Downtown on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Steve Kroft attends a special New York screening reception for 'Jersey Boys' hosted by Angelo Galasso at Angelo Galasso on June , 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Jennet Conant and Steve Kroft are seen on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Demis Maryannakis/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Steve Kroft, Co-Editor for 60 Minutes on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Journalist Steve Kroft attends the After Party of the New York Screening of "Salinger" at The Royalton Hotel on September 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 21: 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft anchors a Memorial Day Special Radio broadcast COMBAT STRESS: FINDING A WAY HOME. L to R: Capt. Shannon Meehan, U.S. Army (Ret.), Colonel David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.), 60 MINUTES Correspondent Steve Kroft, Charles W. Hoge, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), Steve Robinson, First Sgt.U.S. Army (ret.). (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 09: Steve Kroft attends the "6th Annual Television Academy Honors" held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on May 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Jimmy Fallon and journalist Steve Kroft attends the 2012 Writers Guild East Coast Awards at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Journalist Steve Kroft attends the 2012 Writers Guild East Coast Awards at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
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