Willard Scott to retire after 35 years on 'Today' show

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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.

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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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Willard Scott (William Herman Scott, Jr.), dressed in a hat and scarf, wearing a corduroy coat, poses with a snow shovel as the WRC-TV (NBC) weatherman, Washington, DC, U.S., 1971. (Photo by Joseph Klipple/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott in 1977 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott in December, 1980 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott in April, 1980 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Jane Pauley, Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel, Gene Shalit, Jim Palmer in 1982 (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott in 1982 (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Meteorologist Willard Scott -- Photo by: NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- '30th Anniversary' -- Pictured: Current and former 'TODAY' anchors celebrate the 30th Anniversary of 'TODAY' (l-r) NBC News' Willard Scott, former TODAY Girl Lee Meriwether on January 14, 1982 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: Host Willard Scott (center) with the Care Bears during the 1983 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank
TODAY -- 'Royal Wedding: Prince Charles & Diana Spencer' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Willard Scott, Jane Pauley -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
Trip Gruver, Director and Willard Scott during Willard Scott Commercial for Days Inn at Days Inn in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
TODAY -- 'TODAY in Rome 1985' -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City from April 1-5, 1985 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'TODAY in Rome 1985' -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott in Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City from April 1-5, 1985 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'TODAY on the S.S. Norway 1986' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Willard Scott, Jane Pauley on board the S.S. Norway for the week of May 19 - May 23, 1986 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'Royal Wedding: Prince Andew & Sarah Ferguson' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Willard Scott, Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel in 1986 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'TODAY in California' Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel in 1986 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'TODAY in South America 1986' -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott dressed as an Argentinian gaucho in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina from February 13-14, 1986 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'TODAY on the S.S. Norway 1986' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel on board the S.S. Norway for the week of May 19 - May 23, 1986 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'Most Livable Cities Tour 1987' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Willard Scott in 1987 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'United StatesâSoviet Union Summit 1987' -- Pictured: NBC News' Willard Scott in the NBC Newsroom during the US-Soviet Union Summit on December 7-11, 1987 held during the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in Washington, D.C. -- Photo by: Roger Sandler/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'TODAY on The Orient Express 1988' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Jane Pauley, Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel in 1988 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- Pictured: NBC News' Joe Garagiola, Willard Scott on December 20, 1991 -- Photo by: Raymond Bonar/NBC/NBC NewsWire
MIAMI, FL - MAY 19: News Anchor Willard Scott attends the taping of 'The Today Show' on May 19, 1994 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Willard Scott during Willard Scott Signs His New Book The Older The Fiddle The Better The Tune at Barnes & Noble in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Actor Willard Scott greets fans on the Plaza on NBC News' TODAY on July 26, 2007 (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 14: Al Roker and Willard Scott on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on July 14, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: Willard Scott attends the 'TODAY' Show 60th anniversary celebration at The Edison Ballroom on January 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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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.

Earlier this month, NBA star Kobe Bryant nearly broke the internet when he announced his retirement. Check out the sweet poem he wrote to commemorate his time on the court:

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