'Today' Show's Willard Scott to Retire Next Week

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Scott's official last day is Dec. 15.

Today's longtime weatherman, and the man who wishes centenarians "Happy Birthday," Willard Scott will be retiring next week after 65 years at NBC, it was announced on Friday's show.

Scott, who has spent 35 years on Today and started at NBC as a page, will be honored on the Dec. 15 episode of the NBC morning show. That Tuesday is his official last day. On Friday, Today looked back at when Barbara Bush walked over to the weatherman and gave him a kiss during the 1989 Inaugural Parade.

The Today anchors said they'll be sharing more of their favorite Willard Scott moments next week.

"He's my second dad, he really is," said Scott's successor, Al Roker. Matt Lauer called the news "bittersweet."

Watch below to see the anchors speak about Scott and also see the former First Lady talk about why she walked over and gave him a kiss in 1989. 

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