New York-Willard Scott, a weather forecaster loved by NBC viewers Nowadays Xiu is dead with his self-deprecating humor and cheerful personality. He is 87 years old.
His successor on the morning news program, Al Roker, announced that Scott had passed away peacefully on Saturday morning in the company of his family. A spokesperson for NBC Universal confirmed the news. No more details were announced.
“He is really my second father, and because of his generosity, I have what I am today,” Rock wrote on Instagram. “Willard is the man of his time, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone like him.”
“He played such an important role in my life, being as warm, loving and generous as him in front of the camera,” Katie Couric tweeted.
Scott started his 65-year career at NBC, when he was an entry-level page for a Washington-affiliated radio station and served as a weather forecaster for the network’s flagship morning show for more than thirty years. His logo is to provide weather updates by sticking his face to Smucker’s jelly jar and wearing funny costumes to broadcast birthday wishes to 100-year-old viewers.
According to the National Broadcasting Corporation, he used the identity of Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda, risking the guts of the audience to disguise himself in disguise, and won a $1,000 donation to USO, a military family charity. For the affable Scott, this stunt is not new: he played Bozo the clown in a children’s TV show in the 1960s, and Ronald McDonald in commercials in the Washington area.
Throughout the 1980s, he often dressed as Santa at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony, and co-hosted NBC’s report on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1987 to 1997. In an unforgettable moment on live television, the first lady Barbara Bush at the inauguration of her husband, President George H.W. Bush in 1989.
“[The president] Say, “I don’t know you know Willard Scott.” I said,’I don’t know Willard Scott. I just like that face,” the first lady recalled.
Scott handed the reins to Rock in 1996 and occasionally filled vacancies for him over the next ten years, before retiring completely in 2015.
His wife Paris Keena (Paris Keena) married in 2014, his wife Paris Keena (Paris Keena) and Mary Dwyer Scott (Mary Dwyer) who had been married to him for 43 years Scott) had two daughters until her death in 2002.