Dan Rather, CBS veteran of 44 years, was bid adieu yesterday long before his contract was set to expire in November as CBS News President Sean McManus said, "Basically, there wasn't a situation that we could come up with where there was enough meaningful work for Dan to do at CBS News that made sense for both him and us: I had to make the decision of what to do in that situation, and that was the decision that I came up with." "You never expect for someone who's been the face of the network for so long to just be given an office which is essentially a closet . . . and then not to be given air time and then to have it be leaked to the press that he's being booted: it's jarring" added Ken Auletta, New Yorker critic. Today CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves concluded, "I'm sorry it ended the way it did." Unlike the time Rather infamously walked off the air in a snit after CBS preempted his opening of CBS Evening News in favor of coverage of the US Open, very few noticed (or even seemed to care) when he sang his lonesome swan song.