‘Today’ Show’s Willard Scott Retiring

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Willard Scott Retiring From Today Show After 65 Years at NBC.

The longtime television weatherman, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for 35 years, said Friday that he’s hanging it up. Matt Lauer announced on Friday’s episode of the Today show that longtime weatherman Willard Scott, who stepped back from his daily duties in 1996 to make way for Al Roker, will retire.Scott has been associated with the morning program since 1980, when he was hired from NBC’s Washington station WRC to join co-hosts Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley.Longtime anchor Matt Lauer revealed the news alongside his costars, marveling at Scott’s impressive tenure. “After 65 years at NBC, 35 of them on this show, our beloved friend Willard Scott is retiring,” Lauer told viewers. As part of the segment that aired Friday, journalists reminisced about Scott’s coverage of the George Bush inauguration ceremony that resulted in a kiss from newly minted first lady Barbara Bush. “Suddenly I look over and see this very happy face, race over and give that face a kiss [and] race back to George,” Bush recalled in the segment. “He said ‘I didn’t know you knew Willard Scott.’ I said, ‘I don’t know Willard Scott.

His arrival occurred when “Today” was locked in its first ratings battle with ABC’s “Good Morning America.” A natural clown — he once played Bozo on a local station — Scott was up for any stunt on “Today.” He famously appeared on the show dressed as South American singer Carmen Miranda (for charity) and stood at the weather map done up as pop singer Boy George. The former weatherman, 81 — whose beloved Smucker’s birthday segments are a staple of the morning show — will make his last appearance on the program on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Over the last two decades, Scott has continued to make appearances with his classic Smucker’s Jelly segment that honors viewers who have turned 100. Bush. “Barbara Bush singled him out,” said Lauer in the video tribute. “A member of the first family chose to single out America’s weatherman. In recent years, he’s appeared once or twice a week to give birthday wishes to centenarians (a tradition he started in 1983) in a taped segment sponsored by fruit spread maker Smucker’s.

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