Scott Pelley said goodbye to his CBS Evening News viewers for the final time on Friday.
"This is my last broadcast at the CBS Evening News. We hope this has been something of a lighthouse for you to help you with your bearings in a stormy world. To the men and women of CBS News, my profound gratitude."
He went on to quote James Madison, who said, "Freedom of the press is the right that guarantees all the others."
Closing thoughts from @ScottPelley on his final @CBSEveningNews broadcast as anchor & managing editor, before heading to @60Minutes pic.twitter.com/EgWP96Vw4I— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 16, 2017
Pelley was reportedly pushed out of his role at the show last month and had arranged for his office to be cleaned out while away. The news of Pelley's exit has long been rumored, as CBS Evening News lagged in ratings.
The anchor will move to a full-time position at 60 Minutes, while Anthony Mason, who has filled in for Pelley before, was announced as the interim anchor to replace him. Mason, a 30-year veteran at CBS, is currently the co-host of the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning and the senior national correspondent at the network.