Willard Scott is officially retired

Willard Scott
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, former "Today" show weatherman Willard Scott attends the "Today" show 60th anniversary celebration in New York. The longtime television weatherman, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for 35 years, said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, that he is retiring. The morning show plans a tribute to his work next Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

NEW YORK (WAVY) – After 65 years with NBC, 35 of them at TODAY, Willard Scott has signed off for the final time.

The show had a special tribute for the 81-year-old veteran television weatherman Tuesday morning, shot at his farm in Raphine, Virginia.

Scott began his career at the age of 16 as a newsroom page at NBC in Washington, D.C. He spent 36 years as the Today Show’s weatherman. He went into semi-retirement in 1996 and handed over the spot to Al Roker. He continued to make appearances on the show though, celebrating viewers 100 years old and over.

A couple additional fun facts about Scott: he created Ronald McDonald in the 1960s. He also served in the Navy and worked for WAVY Radio in the 50s.

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