WASHINGTON — Andy Rooney, 92, a US television legend for his weekly rants on "60 Minutes," is in stable condition after undergoing surgery not long after his final broadcast, the CBS network said Tuesday.

"Andy Rooney underwent minor surgery last week and suffered serious complications," CBS News said in a brief statement that did not specify the nature of the operation.

"For that reason, he remains in the hospital, but his condition is stable," it added. "The Rooney family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time."

Four-time Emmy winner Rooney targeted everything from politics to pennies in curmudgeonly three-minute essays that concluded every edition of "60 Minutes," the longest running news magazine on US television.

His 1,097th and final essay aired on October 2.

"I wish I could do this forever," he said. "I can't, though. But I'm not retiring. Writers don't retire and I'll always be a writer."

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