NEW YORK – Many words come to mind when describing Andy Rooney (search). Opinionated. Cranky. Curmudgeonly. Sexy? Perhaps.
The 85-year-old "60 Minutes" commentator is among the candidates on Playgirl magazine's online ballot for sexiest TV newscaster.
Among the 18 men on the list: CNN's Bill Hemmer, MSNBC's Lester Holt and Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith (search). The "big three" network anchors — Peter Jennings from ABC, Dan Rather (search) from CBS and Tom Brokaw from NBC — also are on the ballot.
"We're looking for all the elements that make the perfect guy — intelligence, personality and good looks," said Michelle Zipp, Playgirl's editor in chief. "We know that 'handsome' is really in the eye of the beholder. We're anxious to see what the outcome will be."
Voters can click onto www.playgirlmag.com. The winner will be announced in September and profiled in the magazine's October issue — with his clothes on. Playgirl also will make a contribution to a charity of the winner's choice.