Attention media: Mickey Rooney was not Andy Rooney

Jimmy Kimmel calls out local news stations who erroneously reported the death of the CBS news anchor

By Prachi Gupta
Published April 9, 2014 2:30PM (EDT)

While many Americans mourned the death of beloved Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney this weekend, some reporters mourned the death of Andy Rooney, the "60 Minutes" journalist who died in 2011.

Mickey Rooney died at 93 after an acting career that spanned 87 years. Perhaps the media mistook Rooney for one of his most famous roles, the bright and optimistic Andy Hardy, whom he played in a series of films during the 1930s and 1940s.

On Tuesday night, comedian Jimmy Kimmel caught the embarrassing gaffe, made by several local news stations. Watch below:

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Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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