Willard Scott will retire from NBC after 65 years with the network. The “Today” team made the announcement during the Friday (Dec. 11) show. They will pay tribute to the weatherman on Tuesday, Dec. 15 — his official last day.
Following the announcement, the show briefly looked back at the weatherman’s time on the network. Scott, who is 81-years-old, was tapped as the meteorologist for “Today” 35 years ago — long before the program became No. 1 and held the title for 17 years.
Scott went into semi-retirement in 1996 and Al Roker was introduced as weatherman for the television program. In the past two decades, Scott has appeared on the show with his Smucker’s Jelly segment that pays tribute to viewers who have turned 100 years old or older.