Willard Scott Retiring From ‘Today’ Show After 35 Years
81-year-old meteorologist Willard Scott is retiring from the "Today" show after 35 years. He's actually been with NBC though for a whopping 65 years total!
NBC made the announcement on Friday and tomorrow will be his last day. As you can imagine, they wanted to give him a proper send-off.
Willard was a major presence on the show from 1980 to 1996, when he turned things over to Al Roker. He continued to fill in for Al until 2009.
Since then, he's made appearances every week to wish people a 100th birthday. That has been a tradition of his throughout his time on the show. Smuckers sponsored the segment, and they say the birthday celebrations will continue.
A fun fact about Willard Scott that you may or may not know -- he was the first person to portray Ronald McDonald back in 1963. He did it off and on until 1971.
He even claims he created the character. McDonald's disagreed which may have led to some bad blood, because in the 90s he appeared in an ad for Burger King.
Still, the fast food giant paid tribute to him on Friday.