Willard Scott to Retire After 35 Years on 'Today' Show

by Jackie Willis 8:58 AM PST, December 11, 2015
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After a 35-year career on Today and 65 years with NBC, Willard Scott announced Friday morning that he is retiring.

The 81-year-old TV personality passed his weatherman duties over to Al Roker in the '90s, and started a beloved segment that celebrated viewers' 100th birthdays on Today.

The morning show plans to give Scott a proper send-off next Tuesday, Dec. 15. In the meantime, the anchors reminisced over some of their favorite moments since Scott been on the show.

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One in particular occurred during the 1989 presidential inauguration when First Lady Barbara Bush planted a kiss on Scott during the inaugural parade.

"Barbara Bush singled him out," Matt Lauer recalled. "A member of the first family chose to single out America's weatherman. And I remember smiling from ear to ear for Willard at that moment."

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Bush, 90, had the best reaction to her kiss. "I said, 'I don't know him. I just love that face,'" she quipped.

Prior to his time with NBC, Scott also portrayed Ronald McDonald in a series of commercials for the fast food chain in the '60s.

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