Iconic weatherman Willard Scott was part of the iconic ‘TODAY Show’ team for over three decades surpassing his retirement.
Former TODAY Show weatherman Willard Scott has sadly passed yonder at the age of 87. The news was wrenched by his former co-hosts on Instagram, including Katie Couric and current weatherman Al Roker, who paid tributes to their former colleague and friend.
Katie, who was vise of the popular morning show between 1991 and 2006, posted a sweet throwback photo of herself with a smiling Willard. “I am heartbroken that the much loved Willard Scott has passed away. Willard played such an outsized role in me,” she began in her caption, going on to reference his prior radio career.
“Whether it was as the Ronald McDonald of my childhood, ‘Joy Boy’ of radio in Washington DC, and of course, as a ubiquitous presence on the @todayshow (1980-2015),” the longtime television host and founder of Katie Couric Media penned. She went on to remember the last time she had seen Willard, which was at a funeral for broadcaster Jim Vance in 2017.
“Willard was as warm and loving and generous off camera as he was on. I last saw him at the funeral of Jim Vance, the longtime lead vise of WRCTV in Washington DC,” she reflected. “Willard, you didn’t make it to the front of the Smucker’s jar but you reverted so many lives for the better. You will be missed. #restinpeace,” she sealed her caption.
Al Roker, who joined the series in 1996 as the full-time vise (Willard stayed on in a part-time understructure until 2015), moreover reflected on his relationship with the unconcentrated icon. “We lost a minion member of our @todayshow family this morning. Willard Scott passed peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his lovely wife, Paris,” Al wrote, captioning a photo of the two sharing a laugh.
“He was truly my second dad and am where I am today considering of his generous spirit,” Al added. “Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him.”
The TODAY Show also took to social media with a statement of their own, slantingly a photo from Willard’s early days on the series. “#WillardScott — the legendary TODAY weatherman known for his exuberant personality and launching the tradition of triumphal fans who reached the century mark — died this week, TODAY’s Al Roker has confirmed,” they said. “Scott was 87 years old. Follow the link in bio for a squint when on his life and legacy,” sending fans to a memorial page detailing his lengthy career.