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In this Image released by CBS News, "CBS News Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood, left, introduces Jane Pauley as his replacement to host the program on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in New York. Pauley becomes the third host of "Sunday Morning" since its inception in 1979. Osgood, who retired Sunday after 22 years, replaced original host Charles Kuralt. (Michele Crowe/CBS via AP)

Charles Osgood announced Jane Pauley as his 'CBS Sunday Morning' successor



On his final edition of "CBS Sunday Morning," Charles Osgood announced that his former "Today" show co-host, Jane Pauley, would be his successor. 

Osgood, 83, announced his retirement plan last month and this Sunday marked his final program. 

CBS News president David Rhodes told CNN Osgood will likely still appear on the show occasionally. 

Pauley has served as a popular substitute host since 2014 and was considered the most likely person to take over for Osgood. 

According to CNN, Pauley's promotion is a sign that the show isn't going to change all that much. Executive producer Rand Morrison is staying and Pauley is well known to the "CBS Sunday Morning" audience. 

Pauley became a contributor to the show in April 2014 shortly after the program profiled her career. 

Her first program will be Oct. 9. 

Recently, Pauley praised Osgood while speaking at the News and Documentary Emmys. 

She said that "CBS Sunday Morning" has become a kind of church for many Americans and that Osgood will be missed by millions. 

"For 22 years, the church of 'Sunday Morning' has had an officiant who reliably conveyed grace," Pauley said. "People will miss him deeply, because even in the worst of times, it felt like Charles Osgood could see the best in us."

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