Willard Scott, 65-Year NBC Veteran, Will Retire From Today Show After 35 Years

willard scott today show retirementToday Show staple Willard Scott, who spent 35 of his 65 years at NBC on the national network’s popular morning show, announced his impending retirement from broadcast television.

Deadline reports Scott began his monumental career in 1950, when he worked as a page at the NBC owned and operated Washington D.C. radio station, WRC-AM. 30 years later, he was tapped to replace weatherman Bob Ryan on the Today Show.

Scott served in the position until he kinda-but-not-really retired in 1996. That’s when Al Roker took over as the show’s weatherman.

On Friday, the show revisited one of its favorite Willard Scott moments — when then-First Lady Barbara Bush rushed over to give him a kiss during newly-elected President George H.W. Bush‘s inauguration parade.

The Today Show‘s Twitter account launched the #ThankYouWillard hashtag to generate support for the media icon. In addition, the show will honor Scott with a special segment next week on Tuesday, Dec. 15. That’s when he’ll air his final piece for the network.

[h/t Deadline]
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