Veteran broadcaster Willard Scott officially retired Tuesday, but t weren’t tears.

“He’s probably the most identified with the show than anybody. I think of Willard Scott I just think of joy.”

Willard stepped down Tuesday after 65 years with NBC, 35 of them at TODAY.

“With Willard, t are no boundaries – and that’s usually a good thing,” said Katie.

Jane Pauley made the perfect analogy about what TODAY was like before and during Willard’s tenure.

That’s “Because Willard was America in a lot of ways,” noted Tom Brokaw.

More recently, Willard’s trademark became celebrating the birthdays of viewers who reached their 100-year milestone.

While t is no replacing Willard, Al will take over centenarian birthday wishes.

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