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>> i like that green. >> that's what's happening "today in the bay". oh, thank you. we'll be back at 7:25. more live local news. >> and join us at 11:00. thank you for starting your morning with us. happy friday! good morning. breaking overnight, crisis point. multiple levees in danger of failing across the midwest and south today. new evacuations under way with rivers cresting at historic levels, millions in the danger zone. we're live with the very latest. standing her ground. the new comments overnight from house speaker nancy pelosi resisting the growing pressure from fellow democrats to impeach. >> i probably have a better idea as to what the president has to be held accountable for than anyone. >> at the white house the president unloads. >> to me it's a dirty word, the word impeach. it's a dirty, filthy, disgusting word, and it has nothing to do
with me. >> what's next as we go live from washington. heated battle. >> stand up, fight back! [ crowd chanting ] >> protests in missouri with the state's last abortion clinic set to close down in hours. the last-minute fight to keep it open, just ahead. those stories, plus brutal attack. >> i just remember thinking at that point i wasn't going to make it home. >> an american tourist viciously beaten at a popular caribbean resort. her warning to other travelers. "today" exclusive, ellen degeneres' mother speaking out for the first time after her daughter's painful revelations. >> i wish i would have been better taken care of. i wish she would have believed me. and can you spell unprecedented? >> they will forever be remembered as the elite eight. >> the national spelling bee ending in a historic eight-way tie.
and the octochamps are celebrating with us today, friday, may 31st, 2019. >> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hi, everybody. good morning. welcome to "today." it is friday. boy, that was a spelling bee for the ages. it went late into the night. >> yes. >> into the early hours. and they were so good, they just had to say, all right, you all won. >> they ran out of words at the national spelling bee. we're going to talk to all eight of them, all eight of the winners, in just a few minutes. >> i love the spelling bee director says they conquered the dictionary. >> conquered it. >> we'll talk to them in a minute. but let's get to the weather and this slow-rolling disaster in the midwest and south at this hour. millions are at risk today as cities scramble to cope with the historic flooding. levees and dams being push today the brink. kristen dahlgren joins us. she's in ft. smith, arkansas,
this morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are just getting word this morning that one of the levees to our east has now breached. so the fear is that more neighborhoods are soon going to look like this. this morning two weeks of severe weather leading to new flooding fears. on the illinois border in west quincy, missouri, a mandatory evacuation order issued overnight, authorities warning major flooding is imminent after a levee failed near the mississippi river. in dardnell, arkansas, a levee at full breach, urging people to consider leaving. parts of the arkansas river at record levels. you can see how much water is flowing down the arkansas. we have to turn the boat around. it's pulling us into that water. the current so swift because of the volume right now. the wicked weather system that caused the historic floods that spawned deadly tornados is now moving east. maryland getting hammered by rain and high winds.
this possible twister touching down in ellicott city. >> that's heading down the 100 line. >> reporter: there have been more than 1,000 tornado reports this year, about 200 above average, more than half of them in may across 32 states. some of the worst damage in kansas and ohio where a deadly tornado struck the dayton area. back in arkansas water spreading as far as the eye can see. some residents building barricades around their homes to stop the flow of water coming in. >> the waters are going to recede. we'll get it cleaned up. >> reporter: eileen tegal was evacuated, but as she returned to survey her flooded home, a glimmer of hope. >> a tragedy like this brings out the best in people and they surround you with hope. and we have hope. we do. >> kristen, you mentioned a lot of those levees are old. they're aging. what's the latest on that? >> right. so, that breach in dardanel to our east happened some time
after midnight. it has already doubled in size at least. you saw all of that water. that is a lot of pressure against these levees. so things not looking good, at least there this morning. >> all right, kristen. thank you very much. now to the battle on capitol hill over whether to start impeachment proceedings against president trump. house speaker nancy pelosi again pressed on the issue overnight and the president weighing in with choice words. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker has more on all of that. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: craig, good morning to you president trump is ending this week on defense, lashing out at former special counsel robert mueller and at democrats with growing number now calling for impeachment proceedings to begin. this morning, president trump firing back at what he considers foul language. >> i never thought that would be possible to be using that word to me it's a dirty word, the word impeach it's a dirty, filthy, disgusting word, and it had nothing to do with me. >> reporter: stepping up his
attacks on democrats and robert mueller, just after a day mueller suggested it's up to congress to determine if the president engaged in any wrongdoing >> i think he is a total conflicted person. i think mueller is a true never-trumper. >> reporter: the president even walking back a tweet from earlier in the day, saying, "i had nothing to do with russia helping me to get elected. >> no, russia did not help me get elected. you know who got me elected? you know who got me elected? i got me elected >> reporter: while touting that mueller did not charge him with any crime. >> so, he said, essentially, you're innocent. i'm innocent of all charges. >> reporter: here is what mueller actually said. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> reporter: it comes as attorney general william barr is offering his first reaction to mueller's statement, directly conflicting the former special counsel's assertion that he couldn't reach a decision on whether the president obstructed
justice because doj policy forbids indicting a sitting president. >> he could have reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity. >> reporter: all of it as democrats ramp up their calls for impeachment. speaker pelosi last night on "jimmy kimmel live." >> we have a defiance of the constitution of the united states [ cheers and applause and so, when we go down this path, we have to be ready. >> reporter: now, by nbc's count, 51 house members say it's time to start an impeachment inquiry. that list includes 11 members of the house judiciary committee. that's where any impeachment process would begin, and one republican, michigan's justin amash. still, house speaker nancy pelosi making it very clear overnight she's not ready to take that step yet craig and savannah >> kristen, the other big story out of the white house, president trump announcing tariffs on mexico to deal with the crisis at the border what's the president's strategy here what's been the reaction so far? >> reporter: that's right, craig. well, the president made that announcement about new tariffs
in a tweet overnight here's that tweet. he said, "on june 10th, the united states will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming into our country from mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through mexico and into our country stop." now, mr. trump also warned that tariffs will gradually increase until they reach 25% that move comes as border crossings by migrants seeking asylum has reached levels not seen in more than a decade it could have a significant economic impact and ripple effect, though mexico recently became the number one trading partner with the united states, and a big portion of that is through the auto industry. there is already pushback from some republicans iowa senator chuck grassley calling this a, quote, misuse of presidential authority, craig and savannah. >> also threats of legal action as well. kristen welker at the white house. thank you. now to the battle that's raging coast to coast over abortion overnight louisiana's governor signed a strict new ban into law. and today, missouri's last abortion clinic could be shut
down if a judge doesn't intervene and stop it. nbc's stephanie gosk is here with more. steph, good morning. >> good morning, guys. well, planned parenthood is fighting to keep that clinic in st. louis open past tonight's midnight deadline. it's in the hands of a judge right now. all this as heated protests over abortion are held across the nation >> no more no more! >> reporter: this morning a battle cry in st. louis. >> stand up, fight back! >> reporter: planned parenthood fighting to keep the state's only abortion provider open. >> missouri is about to go dark, and could be the first state in the country with no health care center that provides abortion. >> reporter: at midnight the clinic's license expires planned parenthood in court trying to keep the doors open. >> shame on missouri politicians and missouri government for weaponizing the licensing and regulatory process to end safe and legal abortion in missouri. >> reporter: attorneys for the state say the health department found safety violations at the
clinic during an inspection in march. and the license shouldn't be renewed until those violations are corrected. >> if you don't provide a standard of care that ensures the safety of women, you shouldn't be allowed to operate. it's that simple. >> reporter: planned parenthood insists it's in compliance with state laws and patient safety is its top priority >> the state just continuing to move their request and demand in an arbitrary and capricious way in order to not allow safe and legal abortion in this state >> stand up, fight back! [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: supporters of abortion rights are not backing down, even after missouri's governor signed a bill last week banning abortion in the state after the eighth week of pregnancy. >> abortion rights are here to stay >> reporter: some protesters taken away in handcuffs. and in louisiana more protests the governor signed the state's new abortion law late thursday the so-called heartbeat law
outlaws abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. the abortion debate is growing louder as states across the nation introduce bills to restrict the procedure. >> let's continue to fight long and hard together for free abortion on demand without apology. >> stephanie, i know there are already some ramifications for some of these bills that have passed in the south, with hollywood. >> yeah, actually, the state of georgia, which interestingly has become a major film destination, you have netflix, disney and our parent company nbc universal saying they are going to rethink filming in that state, which could be a real blow to georgia. they're rethinking, in case georgia decides to enforce this bill that they signed, one of these heartbeat bills. georgia gets 92,000 jobs, nearly $3 billion in revenue from this filming. it would be a huge blow for them they try to entice film companies to the state by giving them tax credits 20% tax credits. another 10% if they use the
peach logo already we know that some productions have pulled those productions from georgia "the power," which is an upcoming series, and a kristen wiig movie are being pulled. >> it will be interesting to see how that develops. thank you. >> you're welcome. also this morning, jussie smollett case is back in the headlines. never before seen documents. the investigation surrounding the actor who police say staged a bogus hate crime nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer has been following this story he joins us with the very latest. miguel, good morning to you. >> craig, good morning more than 460 pages of unreleased documents, including detective notes and case records, were ordered to be made public by a judge in chicago now for the first time we have new details, including when detectives began to apply pressure against the actor, pressure against the actor, believing he made up the attack to garner publicity. >> reporter: the trove of documents began with jussie smollett considered the victim, but records show detectives start to doubt the actor's story
almost immediately when officers presented smollett with this grainy surveillance photo, he said, "those are the guys who attacked me." but when investigators showed him pictures of the men, whom they already had in custody, smollett said "it can't bee them." they are able and ola osundairo. he told police smollett paid for the supplies used in the hoax and he gave them $3,500 to tage the attack the documents also accuse smollett of buying weed, molly or whitney, cocaine from the brothers. >> i have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. >> reporter: but while smollett stuck to his story, police say it had already begun to unravel. he was soon charged with 16 felonies which could have landed him in prison for years. though some of the reports are highly redacted, they show how thoroughly chicago police worked to build their case. >> jussie smollett took
advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. i'm left hanging my head and asking why. >> reporter: but some three weeks later, prosecutors dropped all charges in exchange for two days of community service an $10,000 in court costs still to come, authorities say, police body cam footage of smollett, which should be released in weeks, and footage of the actor entering his luxury apartment after the alleged attack, carrying a sandwich with a noose tied around his neck, telling the doorman, "i just got jumped." another bombshell in a case still making headlines four months later >> miguel, when the documents were unsealed, the judge said it also had to do with smollett's actions, right >> reporter: yeah, craig, that's right. when the documents were released, the judge said in court that smollett decided to talk publicly about the case, including during that sit-down interview. he forfeited any expectation of
privacy. we also should mention we reached out to the attorneys for smollett and the attorneys for those brothers none of them would comment but the attorney for the osundairo brothers says his clients are remorseful for their involvement in this. >> miguel almaguer in los angeles, thanks. now the latest on that frightening incident in houston, where a young girl was hit hard by a foul ball nbc's gadi schwartz is on the story. gadi, so many people are wondering how she's doing. >> reporter: good morning, savannah still no word on the condition of that 4-year-old girl rushed to the hospital after being hit by a foul ball in the stands at an astros/cubs game on wednesday. well wishes pouring in one fan tweeting "prayers to the young astros fan hit by the foul ball last night and her family i hope this little girl is feeling better i wish her the very best." albert almora jr. was emotional after realizing his foul ball hit the girl that emotion carrying over after the game >> i just couldn't hold it
anymore, man honestly, i had to try to keep my composure during that at-bat, but when that happened, it was over, and i just couldn't hold it anymore right now i'm -- obviously, i want to put a net around the whole stadium, but, yeah, man, i don't know i'm sorry. >> and that's just what some people want to do. the incident sparking a huge debate among the baseball community. on one hand, for a lot of kids, taking a glove to the stadium and dreaming of catching a pop fly is a family tradition. but as we can see, on the other hand, some of those foul balls are sending people to emergency rooms. as for that little girl in houston, we hope to know more on her condition. but almora is holding out hope, saying, "god willing, i'll be able to have a relationship with this girl for the rest of my life, but prayers right now. that's all i can really control. guys >> yeah, well, he is really feeling it, and i think we all are for that little girl. >> yeah. >> gadi, thank you for the update appreciate it. mr. roker is standing by
and al, it would seem as if this is probably the first relatively quiet morning we've had in a while. >> i'll tell you, craig, we are so thankful for that and thank you for getting your first national forecast from us. we're looking at a lot of wet weather. down in texas, some showers moving through the mid-atlantic, but for the most part, things are quiet. we love that we do have a risk of some severe weather back through the southwest, also up through the upper midwest and the mid-atlantic states. six states, a few tornadoes possible in the northwest, new mexico and texas but tomorrow we do have a risk from kansas all the way into illinois for four states we'll be watching this but the tornado threat, thankfully, is very low. we do have a weekend washout for much of the upper midwest and into the northeast, especially tomorrow on into sunday. the heaviest storms texas to new york and then on sunday from the great lakes into the northeast, the heaviest rain will be in the afternoon and evening hours. of course, our big concern now is flooding. you can see the heaviest rain is going to be back through kansas, oklahoma, on into texas, and along the arkansas, missouri,
and mississippi rivers we've got 17 states that are affected by either major or moderate flooding, and it's going to be a slow disaster as we move into the weekend because more rain is just going to keep those river levels either where they are or rising slightly. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds oh! we just spend all day telling everyone how we customize car insurance because no two people are alike, so... limu gets a little confused when he sees another bird that looks exactly like him. ya... he'll figure it out. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ and it's still cloudy right now. we are finally noticing clearing in some spots. walnut creek, cool, in the 50s. microclimate highs will climb into the mid-60s for san
francisco and low 70s through concord. today a couple degrees warmer compared to yesterday. mid and upper 80s through the interior valleys. down in the south bay, low 80s are expected. dry, sunny weather saturday and sunday. >> that's your lates >> that's your latest weather. savannah >> all right, al thank you so much. coming up, a delaware mother shares her agonizing story of survival after she says she was brutally attacked at a popular caribbean resort this morning, her warning to all families ahead of summer vacation season. and then, the fda ready to weigh in on the booming business of cbd today what we could learn about its uses and safety at a first of its kind hearing but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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thanks to all the fog we are barely getting any peeks of it. it's behind there. microclimate highs for today, once it clears from the coastline and the clouds burn out, we will warm eventually into the low 80s for the south bay. concord, 86. san francisco, 63. remember, we have nearing systems that could see thunderstorms in mt. diablo, mount hamilton and the north bay as well. dry weather for the bay area, saturday and sunday. things will warm up towards next week. we're talking upper 80s and 90s into the forecast for next week. mike? all right. looking through the fog with an nation and eastbound 80 out of san francisco, treasure island. i know that's officially here. there is a disabled vehicle. it is slowly folks approaching the city. into the city, bay bridge, the only slowdown. you have to wait there.
we're back 7:30. with eight very happy faces. those are the super spellers involved in a historic tie for the top prize at the national spelling bee we're going to chat with them just ahead they shared that trophy, but they each got $50,000 checks >> i know. and what do you do if you're a spelling champ and do something unprecedented? you invent a word. they call themselves the octo champs this historic flooding in parts of the midwest and the south. a mandatory evacuation order issued overnight on the illinois border in west quincy, missouri. authorities are warnin
major flooding is imminent after a levee near the mississippi river is at its banks. in arkansas, they are urging people to consider leaving after a levee began leaking there. parts of the arkansas river at record levels. president trump is vowing to impose a 5% tariff on goods from mexico the president says the tariffs would rise monthly to as high as 25% until, quote, mexico substantially stops illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory. the announcement reportedly took the mexican government by surprise on a day when it had started a formal process to ratify a trade deal with the u.s. and canada. the tariff is scheduled to go in effect on june 10th. the nba finals last night in toronto and it was the hometown raptors who came away with a win, beating golden state 118-109. pascal siakam led the way. for the raptors. 32 points for him. this is the first nba finals game played outside of the united states. game two in the best of seven
series is on sunday. i know your little boy likes the raptors, like dinosaurs. >> pulling for the raptors. >> yeah. >> one of the highlights last night, by the way, drake on the sidelines, the unofficial ambassador for the raptors he got into a bit of a exchange there with draymond green and steph curry. >> what was that >> we didn't want to put our lip readers on that -- >> why not >> it's morning tv but he trolled the entire game he is also wearing a dell curry jersey the father of steph curry. >> that's a master troll. >> oh, yeah. dell curry played his last three seasons in the nba with the raptors. so, we'll probably see more of that throughout the series. >> okay. let us take a turn now on this friday morning. also happening, a mother from delaware speaking out about what she describes as a savage attack she suffered while on vacation in the caribbean and a warning right now. the photos of her injuries quite graphic. nbc's tom costello talked to her. tom, good morning. >> yeah, good morning. the injuries are gruesome and really hard to look at tammy lawrence-daley's story is
terrifying it does not appear her attacker has been caught, but she says she's speaking out to warn women and men, never let your guard down, even when you think you're in paradise. it was january tammy lawrence-daley and her husband, chris, traveled to the dominican republic in search of sand, surf, and sun. instead, they walked into a nightmare. tammy says she was violently attacked by a stranger. >> i just remember thinking at that point, i wasn't going to make it home to see my boys and my husband that they weren't going to find me and i remember that last breath i took, and then i just went unconscious. >> reporter: this week tammy turned to facebook, writing, "how do you explain to your kids you were almost killed by some random stranger? she says she left the room at
the majestic elegance resort for a late-night snack, when a stranger suddenly grabbed her from behind, pulled her into a maintenance room and began savagely beating her, choking her to the point of passing out. >> when i came to, i came to to him beating me and kicking me in the head >> reporter: she says the attack continued for hours as husband chris was desperately looking for tammy. her attacker dragged her into a basement crawl space. >> i have no idea what he did to me i just knew i was in this pit and i couldn't get out because i couldn't see. >> reporter: she says she got a glimpse of his clothes and saw a uniform with a resort logo. >> i just knew i was dead. the rage coming off of this man, you could feel it. it was palpable. >> reporter: left for dead, hotel workers found her eight hours later. >> it didn't look like her she was bruised. eyes were shut, swollen.
and i just lost it, yelling for people to get help >> reporter: tammy says local police have not made arrest. she is telling her story to warn other vacationers. >> even though you think you are sitting in paradise and thinking you're safe, you're really not >> tammy spent five days in the hospital, underwent multiple surgeries. she is still recovering from her injuries nbc news reached out to police, but we did not get a response. we asked the majestic elegance resort for comment, but so far, it hasn't provided one, and its social media accounts now seem to be offline. craig and savannah >> tom, those pictures are so hard to look at. what are the experts telling you about how to stay safe when you're traveling abroad? >> the state department issued a travel advisory for the dominican republic last month because of a surge in violent crime. some common sense tips, though, because it's easy to forget when you are in paradise -- avoid secluded places or situations, try to always be accompanied by somebody you know, even on visits to the restroom, be aware
of your surroundings, do not physically resist any robbery attempts, they say, do not display signs of wealth, like a watch or jewelry, and yell or scream for help immediately if you feel threatened. >> all right tom costello for us there. tom, thank you. >> some good advice there. a turn now we have got the weather. i see you are talking about the heat >> that's right. warmth working its way in and becoming a lot more seasonal staying cool out west but the heat hangs on in the south houston 90 today, little rock 86, raleigh 89 degrees, tampa 91 oklahoma city, memphis, knoxville, orlando and tallahassee looking pretty good. and next week the heat continues. chicago, you're a little on the cool side, but 75 by tuesday a good view over san jose. still seeing cloud cover.
it's what we have been waking up to. 57 in san jose. we're not going to remain cool for long. as we head into the afternoon, temperatures will climb into the low 60s for san francisco. it will make way for a dry weekend ahead. lingering storms nearby with a chance of rain in the north and east bay mountains. things warm up next week. >> and that's your latest weather. back to the khaki kids. >> yes. >> you were waiting all morning for that. >> let's go on safari, huh >> ain't no party like a taupe party, right >> taupe's my goat >> you're just sorry you don't have your taupe outfit on. >> i know! coming up, we are going to talk about ellen degeneres this has been a big week for her. she has opened up in a netflix interview. this morning we are going to hear from her mother for the first time since her daughter shared the details of that painful abuse in an interview with david letterman. also ahead this morning, the head of the 75th anniversary of d-day, tom brokaw sits down with steven spielberg and tom hanks
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this morning on "in-depth today," a closer look at the cbd craze. >> a key hearing is being held in washington today that could go a long way in determining whether we start seeing more of the cannabis compound in drinks, supplements, and food. joe fryer is on the story this morning. hi, joe. good morning. >> hey, there. good morning cbd products are seemingly everywhere these days from coffee to candy, but laws from state to state are like the wild west, making it difficult to be 100% sure where you can have it, where you can't, and what you can put in it, or put it in. the today the fda weighs in the fray with its first public hearing on this booming industry. it has been called a magic elix elixir >> for headaches >> it's like taking a big chill pill >> reporter: cbd, the popular compound derived from cannabis sellers and users claim it treats everything from arthritis to insomnia. >> the cbd worked and was an absolute miracle seriously. >> reporter: and business is booming. cbd is on track to become a
$22 billion industry by 2022. >> we are seeing, i would say, at least 25% growth from month to month obviously, that is insane compared to a lot of other markets. >> reporter: it has been added to just about everything - makeup, coffee, pet treats, and possibly even ice cream. ben & jerry's says it can't wait to add the compound to some of its pints soon the catch? the fda prohibits companies from adding cbd to food, beverages, and dietary supplements. today's hearing is a chance for regulators to hear from more than 100 cbd manufacturers farmers and researchers directly looking for answers to pressing questions. one top fda official tweeting, "what happens if you eat food with cbd in it, use cbd-infused skin cream, and use other cbd-based products on the same day? what if you use them for a week, a month or longer? what if someone taking cbd is
also taking medications? adding, "thus far, the data appear insufficient. doctors also say the jury's out. >> buyer beware. no going into it that there is no evidence for it but if you're going to walk out feeling better, i'm not going to say that's a terrible thing. but again, as a scientist and as a society, let's get the real evidence >> reporter: adding to the confusion congress legalized certain forms of cbd this december but laws vary widely from state to state. earlier this month, this great-grandmother was arrested on a family vacation at disney world. >> i'm going to have to put cuffs on you. >> she was using cbd oil to help with her arthritis >> they made me take pictures, put on a jumpsuit, take my clothes off. >> reporter: and this weekend, the tsa changed its policies to allow travelers to carry certain hemp-derived forms of cbd oil, just the latest change while cbd's future elsewhere remains up in the air. don't expect much to come of this first hearing this is mostly a listening session as they gather more information on cbd and other
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♪ history was made at last night's final of the scripps national spelling bee. in an unprecedented ending, a record eight kids were crowned co-champions after each correctly spelled the word in the 20th and final round each speller was given the full $50,000 prize and their trophy, and we have the entire elite eight with us this morning guys, good morning congratulations. >> thank you. >> erin, we'll start with you in the front row. we've got two spokespeople, if you will, for the group, so i'll start with you history. i mean, how excited are you to be a part of the eight that made history at the national spelling bee?
>> well, frankly, i never expected to be here. i had convinced myself that the bell was going to ring on me at some point, because honestly, the odds are against you whenever you do this competition. but somehow, the bell did not ring, and i made it all the way to the championship round. and that's just an amazing feeling and i'm very grateful for it sohum sukhatankar also there in the front row. sohum, how long have you been practicing for this? how long have you been practicing to become a spelling bee champion >> well, i won my county and regional bee in fifth grade. from then i started getting more serious about spelling it started with, i started with the basics and moved on to more advanced words. >> erin, let me come back you to here because, how does one become a great speller how does one practice, develop these skills
>> well, i have been doing this since i was in second grade. that's when i was really introduced to the whole idea of there being a national spelling bee, and i think that that was the year when i decided i want to become a great speller. so i've just worked hard and studied for the past six years and starting in march every year, after i win my state bee, i do at least 25 hours a week of study and practice >> 25 hours a week >> it takes a lot of hard work, yeah. >> i know all of you can hear me i want to ask you a question and give me a show of hands here eight co-champions wouldn't you guys have preferred to continue going? raise your hand if you would have preferred to continue until there were just two or three champions, a few more rounds show of hands. okay so, sohum, that was it you didn't want to continue going.
why? >> yeah, it was getting pretty late for all of us. >> i think we were all sleepy. also, we all like wanted to win together it wasn't like something where we were all like competing with each other we were competing together and we were really happy when one person spelled the words correctly. >> christopher, did you all celebrate together after >> well, on the stage, yeah. but then we went back to our rooms because we were really tired. >> well, congratulations, guys job well done. again, all of you walking away with that $50,000 scholarship. well deserved. thank you. >> thank you bye. >> they are so cute. it was a late night at the spelling bee. >> yeah, it was. >> more than 350 started those are just the final eight. >> and then there were eight champions. love it. all right, let's go outside to al.
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sunshine comes out a. a great weekend to watch. a crash interrupting our drive around the bay. there is a crash leaving one vehicle in the middle of the freeway. that's where there is sudden slowing. perhaps a traffic break. it should clear without incident. we will monitor that. that's it for the south bay. predictable build for the rest of the bay. palo alto, i saw slowing. no drama there. bay bridge toll plaza starting to loosen up. back to you. thanks, mike. happening now, president trump's latest tariff threat involving goods from mexico is making investors pretty nervous this morning. dow is once again on a slide. it is 1% down for most of the session. muni is launching new inspection for light rail cars after another mishap involving a passenger getting snagged in a door. a woman got caught on a door and
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♪ it's 8:00 on "today. coming up, exclusive from ellen as the star reveals details about the sexual abuse she says she suffered from her stepfather. >> i mean, it's a really horrible, horrible story plus, honoring d.j ahead of the 75th anniversary, tom brokaw sits down with tom hanks and steven spielberg to talk about the importance of the event and their iconic film "saving private ryan." >> we took every inch of that >> it was beach, and it took us 25 days of shooting to capture 25 minutes of those landings. it was very, very loud >> it was a lot of explosions.
special effects, you know. >> just ahead, how the hollywood stars brought that battle to life and star of the show ♪ you are the star of the show ♪ >> country king thomas rhett taking over our plaza for a live summer concert and we already know it's going to be unforgettable. today, friday, may 31st, 2019. ♪ >> our mom let us skip school >> celebrating our engagement. >> ready for thomas rhett. woo! ♪ >> here for mary's bachelorette. >> here with my daughter. >> roommate! >> and best friend. >> for the citi concert series >> whoo! hi, everybody. good morning
welcome back to "today." it's a great friday morning. the sun is shining, the crowd is assembled, and there is a great concert in store for us this morning, thomas rhett. we just heard him doing a little sound check. >> there he is. >> there he is and he's going to play some new songs and classics coming up >> oh, looks like a familiar face there as well we're going to head outside in just a bit, but first, i guess we should start with your news at :00 >> that's right. the historic flooding in parts of the midwest and south new evacuations underway this morning with multiple levees in danger of failing. some have already burst. kristen dahlgren joins us from ft. smith, arkansas. she's got the latest kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah yeah, the news is not good this morning. already in arkansas about 500 homes have been affected by this flooding the fear that this number is going to grow. we learned overnight about a breach in dardanelle, arkansas, just to our east the water flowing now through that levee it started small it continues to get bigger it's rushing mostly into
thousands of acres of farmland right now, but there are some homes that could be threatened so there is a flash flood warning now in effect until 9:00 local time they are telling people to get out and to get out now, savannah. >> all right kristen, thank you very much. meanwhile, president trump is questioning the motives of robert mueller, accusing the former special counsel of being, quote, anti-trump. the remarks come day after mueller's first comments on the russia investigation mueller suggested it's up to congress to determine if the president engaged in a crime this as calls for impeachment grow louder. >> i never thought that would be possible to be using that word to me it's a dirty word, the word impeach it's a dirty, filthy, disgusting word and it had nothing to do with me. >> house speaker nancy pelosi appearing last night on "jimmy kimmel live," said she believes the president actually wants to be impeached because he believes the republican-controlled senate would bail him out.
the desperate search for a connecticut mother is now entering a seventh day search crews back out at the 300-acre park yesterday looking for any sign of jennifer julos her suv was found near there the morning she went missing nbc's kathy park is in new canaan, connecticut. she's got the latest kathy, good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you we are here in the park that's been a focal point for investigators for several days now, but the search expanded nine miles away in pound ridge, new york, for a home there police have not made any arrests. they are looking into foul play. but this is still considered a missing persons case overnight, prayers and pleas for the safe return of jennifer dpnk dulos, a connecticut mom who vanished a week ago. >> we are here to pray for jennifer, for her family, for all those who love her, for this entire community. >> reporter: late thursday law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation telling
canaan home last saturday leading them to s "the harper coursant" that detectives found traces of blood and other evidence in her new canaan home last saturday, leading them to suspect she might be the victim of a violent crime and that the scene appeared to have been cleaned. new canaan police declined to comment on the report when contacted by nbc news. earlier search crews returning to waiveny park in new canaan, scouring the 300-acre property and surrounding areas. >> they have a map and they're going section by section. >> reporter: dulos' abandoned suv was found near the popular recreational spot a short time after she was first reported missing. as the search presses on, court documents obtained by nbc news shedding light on the contentious divorce proceedings between jennifer and her husband and the bitter custody battle over their five kids before jennifer filed for divorce in 2017, her husband calling 911, saying he was worried about the welfare of his wife and children.
>> they left to go to new york, and i haven't been able to get in touch with them >> reporter: later, in a 2017 emergency order for sole custody, jennifer alleging he displayed irrational, unsafe bullying, threatening, and controlling behavior towards her and the couple's children. her husband denied the accusations before adding the physical safety and emotional health of their children were of utmost importance to him the couple's children currently staying with jennifer's family as the shaken community remains hopeful for her safe return. >> i just hope it has a positive outcome. >> reporter: and jennifer is described by a close friend as a devoted mom who wouldn't disappear on her kids. jennifer and fotis have joint custody of all of their five children, pending the final outcome of their divorce savannah, craig? >> kathy park on the story for us thank you, kathy a spectacular sight along the east coast of sicily
overnight. check this out mount etna lit up the sky with bursts of sweltering hot lava. those eruptions come after an increase in seismic activity in recent days. europe's highest and most active volcano is known to burst into action several times a year, but the last major eruption was back in 1992. all right, the news is squared away let's do the "morning boost. and a 9-year-old boy in oregon just got the birthday pent he will never forget, but it took him a minute to figure out what it was. >> open that up and see if there's a message on the letter board. >> okay. so on the letter board the name of his favorite band are you ready for this it's iron maiden yes, iron maiden this didn't happen in 1982 this is from a couple of days ago. the board also said september 6th, his dad is taking him to see his favorite band, iron maiden, coming up this fall in portland dad gives the little boy a big hug. he burst into tears he is so
happy to see his favorite bad. a pretty cool dude, i might add. >> clearly a huge iron maiden fan. >> i know! i love it. coming up, guys, tom brokaw talks with steven speilberg and tom hanks about the 75th anniversary of d-day which is coming up next week and the iconic film honoring it, "saving private ryan." first, though, new details on the abuse ellen degeneres claims that she suffered at the hands of her stepfather. her mother responds exclusively. that's right after these messages strange forces at work? only if you're referring to gravity-and we covered it. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ so, every day, we put our latest technology
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abuse she suffered as a teenager in an interview with david letterman. overnight that interview was released. >> it's a painful story of the the abuse ellen degeneres says she suffered at the hands of her stepfather. her mother responds exclusively right after these messages mother about her regrets. >> it's a really horrible, horrible story, and the only reason i'm going to actually go into detail about it is because i want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that >> just we leased overnight, an emotional ellen degeneres.crib ellen describing in detail how she was sexually abused by her late stepfather when she was just 15 years old. he said he needed to feel my
breast >> there's someone who means the world to me, who's been with me through it all -- >> elle's mother is responding publicly for the first time about the abuse. in an exclusive statement provided to "today" through ellen, betty degeneres says "i know now that one of the hardest things to do is to speak up after being sexually abused. i love my daughter and i wish i had the capacity to listen to her when she told me what happened i live with that regret, and i wouldn't want that for any other parent." >> i should never have protected her. i should have protected myself, and i didn't tell her for a few years, and then i told her and then she didn't believe me, and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. and finally left him because he changed the story so many times. >> so, she did confront him about the story? >> yeah, but he said i was lying, and then she stayed with him. so, that made me really angry. i was 15 years old --
>> last year i spoke with ellen about the me too movement and her own personal experience of abuse. >> i think anybody who's gone through it right now is watching this so angry because, you know, how dare you not believe this? >> a sentiment she echoed about her mother in the david letterman interview. >> i wish i would have been better taken care of i wish she would have believed me and she's apologetic, but you know -- >> so, it was talked out -- talked over. >> yeah. >> in her statement provided to "today," betty degeneres added, "if someone in your life has the courage to speak out, please believe them." ellen says by speaking out now, she hopes to empower other women. >> and i like men. like, there are so many men that get away with so much. it is just time for us to have a voice. it's time for us to have power >> so interesting to hear from ellen. you know, when we talked last year, it felt so present and so raw for her.
it's not easy to talk about these things. >> no. >> but she's doing it for a purpose, because she knows she has a voice. she knows she can help people, but it's a lot to carry -- >> please believe them please believe them. that's the takeaway -- >> it's happening to somebody right now. it may be old for her, but it's still so relevant, unfortunately. >> and to hear from a parent who said, you know, i didn't believe at first, and i'm sorry -- >> that will open the eyes of parents today. >> yeah. >> i know she's talking about, obviously, the abuse of her from her then stepfather, and i know she's targeting women here, but i would encourage men as well. >> yes, of course. >> if you watch that story and you listen to ellen, if you've been a victim of abuse, speak up >> say something mr. roker, we turn to you for another check of the forecast. >> let's show you what's going on for today we do have a few severe storms to talk about, all along the mid-atlantic it's going to be hot and humid down in florida, strong storms firing up across the upper midwest. sunshine returning to the northeast and new england.
some afternoon storms in new mexico and on into texas, a few >> right now we are seeing beautiful skies over san jose. our temperature trend into the afternoon will once again be climbing into the 70s. mix of sun and clouds, foggy conditions along the coast. they will be climbing into the 80s today. your friday afternoon will be a lovely one. once the fog burns out, we'll also getting clearing in the weekend. 60s in san francisco and climbing into the 90s for inland areas. >> >> and that's your latest weather. guys all right, mr. roker carson daly with the friday "pop start. >> it smells fresh let's get to it. after highly anticipated film "rocketman" hits theaters today, depicting elton john's career and starring a tremendous young
actor, terrence edgerton it's therein rave reviews, but controversy around themes like sex and drugs. he spoke about the inclusion of those moments and why they were important to keep. >> i think that's so important because it's a fundamental part of who elton is, you know. it's a fundamental part of his dna and identity and it's very well documented. so i think if we skated around the fact that elton has had his difficulties or that elton has occasionally behaved in a way that he probably wouldn't be boastful of, we'd have been eaten alive, you know? it's just, that's part of what there is to be celebrated about elton, the triumph over adversity, the story of a survivor >> he also emphasizes, the film doesn't aggrandize his behavior nor glamourize drug use. "rocketman" is out now in theaters nationwide. up next, jennifer aniston. last night she opened up to jimmy kimmel about a frightening experience recently. she was on her way to mexico
with courteney cox and jimmy's wife, when they heard an explosion after take yoch. the pilot informed the passengers they had to make an emergency landing because they believed a tire had blown out on the plane, and here's what happened next. >> everybody starts texting, all of a sudden, their spouses and their children -- >> and i'm like, what's going on >> yeah. >> i was one of them, too. >> you were one of them! >> you got that text >> i'm on google looking up, you know, can you land without a tire >> oh, wow, yeah. >> literally. >> i was i'm not kidding. >> terrible. >> but this is the loving response that molly got when she says, "jimmy, i love you" and i love jane and you've always been an incredible husband. >> so, yeah, she's -- i said i just signed up for tinder, but i promise not to activate it until we know what's what. then this is my profile picture. >> wow. >> that's jimmy. >> yes. >> fortunately, they did land safely that was a pretty funny story. glad it ended well. an all-star lineup of actors
appearing on "the ellen show" yesterday. tiffany haddish, melissa mckashthy and moss talking about their upcoming film. ellen asked if they'd met before and there appeared to be conflicting stories. >> i had met neither one of them none of us had met -- >> no, we met, but you just don't remember well, it's like, i was kind of like stalking her, hi! i want to work with you one day! like, okay -- >> that doesn't count. we didn't know each other. >> no, but in my mind, we'd been friends a long time. >> so funny. >> cute. >> on a different note, melissa mccarthy had to perform numerous stunts in the film, but there was one thing in particular she couldn't seem to nail down. >> i've done a lot of stunts, but i could not for any amount of time or money keep a purse on my shoulder. and -- god, i wish that was a joke i am built somewhat like a christmas tree i have no shoulders at all
this is all prosthetic and i can't physically -- i can't -- i carry like a lady handbag. i can't do it. and we'd be doing like these aggressive scenes, and i'm like, yeah, my handbag keeps getting -- >> looking forward to seeing that film. "the kitchen" comes out on august 9th >> looks good. carson, thank you so much. next week marks 75 years since d-day. and to honor that anniversary, "saving private ryan," the award-winning film that so vividly portrayed the invasion, is being brought back to the big screen. >> who can forget it tom brokaw, nbc correspondent and author of "the greatest generation" joins us now good to see you. >> this is a confluence that my book came out, and we didn't know how it was going to do, and about the same time, "saving private ryan" came out steven or i didn't know that we were both working on this project, so we had a reunion recently i caught up with steven spielberg and tom hanks to get the sauce on the making of the
film that will forever represent that great, great moment in history. >> i'll see you on the beach. >> reporter: there have been a lot of world war ii films before yours. a lot of them in the eyes and judgment of some of the veterans at the end couldn't quite pull the trigger on how hard it was. >> i have never been to war. you know, i am a filmmaker i didn't want to rely on my imagination because it's a dangerous thing to have made science fiction and fantasy films and apply all that to a historical subject such as the omaha beach landings >> reporter: nevertheless, steven spielberg set out to do just that, as a tribute to his father, arnold, a world war ii veteran. >> if we pulled this off in the right way and it stood the test of time, this was going to stand in, in some small way, for what those kids experienced at 6:30 in the morning on june 6th, 1944
>> reporter: he put his actors through a rigorous boot camp under the command of captain dale die, to bond them to the mission and to each other. >> the legend of it now is that we were out in the freezing cold woods for, you know, weeks and weeks. i think it was really only five days, but it was - >> and catered. >> yeah. it was a substantial five days we were up at ten to 6:00 getting yelled at and hollered at and we had to wolf down food and march through the rain wearing full backs and what not. our weapons were real and they were heavy when a fake ambush happens at 3:00 in the morning and gets you up out of your tent, your adrenaline gets pumping. i could not see my hand in front of my face all i could see was the luminous dial of my army-issue watch. >> reporter: spielberg studied the precious few surviving images by famed photographer robert kappa to help bring the
battle to life >> as filmmakers, we took every inch of that beach, and it took us 25 days of shooting to capture 25 minutes of those landings >> follow me >> it was very, very loud. it was a lot of explosions special effects, you know. they are planting pyrotechnics either on your body or in the ground this was a lot of places to get hurt >> reporter: every agonizing moment was based on the recollections of veterans who were there >> he said, you know, after the first explosion took my best friend out, he was just in pieces all over the beach, i got sand in my eyes. and when he said, "i couldn't see anything," i said, you know, let's show the audience what it looks like to really not be able to see very much >> this is what i say when we make non-fiction movies. we do things we never did, we will say things you never said, and we will be places you never were, but outside of that, we're going to be as authentic as possible
>> reporter: we have been to normandy together. the 75th anniversary will probably be the last in which we have veterans. is there a danger we will lose sight of the real meaning? >> i think the danger is that it enters into some sort of like mythological place, where it just becomes a time of gods and heroes if we ever forget that it was a bunch of individuals who went over and they all had names like ernie and buck and robert, that's when we've done a bad job of being citizens of the world, i think. >> "saving private ryan" was a breakthrough film in so many ways because it showed up close and personally the horror of combat, what goes on before that it was a soft pedal with the exception of one film made not too long after the war called "battleground." which is worth getting again, van johnson. and then, of course, after this film, we had all those great films coming out of iraq and syria and other places that really were true representations of the horrors of combat >> but it really did create the genre. tom, thank you what a fascinating conversation.
by the way, we should let folks know, you are going to normandy for next week's anniversary, so we look forward to that. "saving private ryan" in select. i )m ... california )s democratic convention ki good morning. 8:26. i'm marcus washington. california's democratic convention kicks off this morning in san francisco. 14 of the 22 candidates vying for the democratic nomination will attend the three-day-long event that includes senator kamala harris and eric swalwell. this billboard may give an indication of what elizabeth warren is set to cover. it's her call to break up big tech companies which drives the engine in silicon valley. faceboo facebook, google, and apple, she says have too much power. the commute moves nicely, so
not much impacting. 87 northbound there's a crash around capitol expressway. one vehicle left in the lane, very slow in that section. north 280 recovers after the earlier crash was cleared. the rest of the bay shows a smooth drive. bay bridge toll plaza has been very good for the drive from oakland into san francisco. we still have the metering lights registered on, but the span is running smoothly. peninsula, an easy drive into san francisco, slowing north of 280/101 split. >> toll plaza looks like a holiday. >> right. >> we'll have another look in 30 minutes.
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al, what are you doing >> that's cool >> oh, you're so funny al -- al's making a comment on our fashion choices today. >> let's go. >> thank you very much >> looking good! we are fantastic out here on the plaza this morning >> you are close. >> yeah. >> all right. >> we are excited about having thomas rhett here. [ cheers and applause we're really excited look look who else is out there >> i thought big bird. >> i'm over here in the crowd. we've got a great crowd moment my friends visiting us from "sesame street." where are they oh, here they are. big bird, elmo, cookie monster and abby cadabby good morning, guys >> whoo! wow! >> oh, my gosh. >> so you guys are here for thomas rhett big fan? >> thomas rhett came to "sesame street" and we sang a song together he's really cool. >> yeah.
great sounds >> cookie monster, you are celebrating 50 years of "sesame street." you are going out on the road this summer and visit people in their cities tell me about it. >> yeah, we going to ten cities across america and we going to celebrate "sesame street." >> wow, that is great. thomas rhett is here center point road. like that's where you grew up? >> that's where i grew up. >> i see the correlation with "sesame street." did you write the anniversary theme song for them? >> yeah, we got to go on the 50th anniversary last year and it was a blast thank you for having me. >> was that cool to visit? >> one of the coolest days ever. my girls got to go my girls were in heaven. and we got to do some songs and acting super fun. >> so good to have you here. thank you for being here look forward to seeing you on the road how are you, abby cadabby? >> i'm feeling good today. >> you are looking good. guys, enjoy the road trip. check out "sesame street." back over to savannah. >> i love it thank you so much. before our big concert, i can't take you seriously with this outfit
>> why should today be any different? by the way, the "sesame street" gang is stopping by @thirdhourtoday to help us cook for superfood friday. >> great >> that's right. cookies may be involved. >> i know. why not? >> let's check your weather, look at what's happening for your weekend, and you'll see for tomorrow we've got wet weather in the great lakes all the way into the northeast unsettled out west june heat continues in the southeast. then sunday, sunday wet again with more wet weather in the northeast. hot and dry in the southwest and wet weather also in the four corners. and don't forget, tomorrow, june 1st, marks the beginning of hurricane season, so we' we are still cool, but we're not going to be cool much longer. in fact by 10:00 a.m. the temperatures will climb into the 60s. if you're heading into the interior valley, expect warmer temperatures. we're still monitoring storms
nearby. that could mean rain for the north bay mountains. saturday and sunday the sierra is expecting rain. here locally a couple areas of sun and cloud. hot temperatures inland. >> announcer: the citi concert series on "today" is proudly presented to you by citi >> and we are so ready to get the thomas rhett party started here on our plaza. >> before he performs on our citi stage, we want to show you what makes him one of country music's biggest stars. ♪ >> thomas rhett has been on top of his game and the charts as one of country music's standout stars. ♪ you are the star of the show ♪ baby i could die ♪ a happy man ♪ it's crazy >> racking up 12 number one hits and a handful of awards, including this year's academy of country music's male artist of the year
♪ ain't it funny how life changes ♪ >> his last album, "life changes," reached the top of the billboard charts, earning thomas rhett the title of country radio's most-played artist of 2018 his music a reflection of his life and growing family. his wife lauren and their two young daughters, 3-year-old willa and 1-year-old ada ♪ look what god gave us >> today thomas rhett is out with his fourth studio album and hitting the road for his very hot summer tour. and this morning he is bringing that summer heat right here to our citi concert stage ♪ >> and, ladies and gentlemen, here he is thomas rhett >> sing along [ cheers and applause >> if you know the song, feel free to sing along with us all right! ♪ don't even want the attention ♪ ♪ but yeah, that's all that she's getting ♪
♪ her song is on and she's spinning around, yeah ♪ ♪ she got me drunk like corona ♪ heart racing like it's daytona ♪ oh ♪ ooh, i'm in heaven, i swear right now ♪ ♪ and those eyes can hypnotize ♪ was designed to blow my mind ♪ look what god gave her ♪ how perfect he made her ♪ she walks in the room, it's like he answered my prayers ♪ ♪ the way that she moves how could anybody blame her ♪ ♪ i know she's got haters, but it ain't her fault, nah ♪ hater ♪ look what ♪ look what god gave her ♪ it's like i heard angels singing ♪ ♪ like she came down from the ceiling ♪ ♪ when she walked in here this evening i thought, yeah ♪ ♪ that girl one in seven billio got everyone in here feeling ♪ ♪ like there's a fire in this
building, so hot ♪ ♪ got a smile on her angel face ♪ ♪ i know i'll never lose my faith ♪ ♪ look what god gave her, how perfect he made here ♪ ♪ she walks in the room, it's like he answered my prayers ♪ ♪ the way that she moves, how could anybody blame her ♪ ♪ i know she's got haters, but it ain't her fault, nah ♪ fault, ♪ look what god gave her >> somebody scream for new york city one more time ♪ got that look in her eyes, swear she fell right out the sky ♪ ♪ yeah, i think i've seen the light ♪ ♪ every kiss, i could die, it's like the heavens opened wide ♪ ♪ man, i swear i've seen the light, oh ♪ ♪ look what god gave her, how perfect he made her ♪ ♪ she walks in the room, it's like he answered my prayer ♪
♪ the way that she moves, how could anybody blame her ♪ ♪ i know she's got haters, but it ain't her fault, nah ♪o ♪ look what ♪ look what god gave her ♪ ooh, ooh, oh, look what god gave her, look what god gave her ♪ ♪ yeah, so perfect, oh, oh, loo what god gave her ♪ ♪ >> thank you so much >> don't go anywhere thomas rhett, just getting started! oh, look, a special guest! this is "today" on
superstar and all-around great guy, thomas rhett. >> he's out with his fourth studio album called "centerpoint road." it's already heating up on the itunes charts, not surprisingly. >> nobody's surprised by that. he's heading to a city near you. his very hot summer tour is rolling on thomas, good morning >> good morning. how are you? >> you've got so many fans out here you even got hoda kotb out of bed. she's on maternity leave hoda, turn around. >> i love her. >> we love having her out there. you were just singing "look what god gave her." we were dancing with your wife, lauren, and this song is about her. >> yes, it is. this is one of my favorite songs to write about her, super fun, up-tempo and this crowd is already rocking and it's super early in the morning, so we're excited. >> what's the story about the name of this album, the significance of the title? >> it's a street i grew up on in henderson, tennessee, 20 miles north of nashville, where i did a lot of growing up. a lot of this record is nostalgic, so derived inspiration from my 15, 16,
18-year-old self and centerpoint road seemed like, no pun intended, the centerpiece of the record, so it's been fun to dive into my past and write a record about that. >> if i had to write about my 16-year-old self, it would be sitting at a bus stop or at a 7-elev 7-eleven, not exciting what things did you do at that age that spawned the lyrics? >> not a lot, just normal kid stuff. my friends inspired the songs, my wife, my kids inspired some of the songs it's cool to look back and see how you learned and grew from 15 to 21 years old, all the dumb stuff you did. there's just a lot of cool song titles that came from just looking back into that past. >> rich material >> the kids are growing up, i think lauren was pregnant last time you were here she said the kids are getting big. >> yes, growing at a rapid pace. >> they'll do that. >> thomas rhett, are you going to sing for us again >> you bet. >> all right, take it away
♪ ♪ my buddies that i grew up with ♪ ♪ all straight laced and marrie ♪ all straight laced and married up now up now ♪ ♪ you ain't fooling me, wasn't long ago we tore the roof off that one red light town ♪ ♪ hey darling, sipping that red wine, all classic kicked back on the couch ♪ ♪ you smile and i see it, shooting tequila, shutting them college bars down ♪ ♪ and no matter how much time goes by ♪ ♪ no matter how much we grow up ♪ ♪ for worse or for better, from now until forever i alwaysbette
now until forever i always remember you young ♪ ♪ hey remember you young ♪ ♪ you won't be that little for long, one day you'll move away, but you're still gonna stay this innocent after you're gone ♪ ♪ because no matter how much time goes by ♪ ♪ and no matter how much you grow up ♪ ♪ for worse or for better, from now until forever, i always remember you young ♪ ♪ whoa ♪ whoa ♪ whoa
♪ yeah i hope when we get to heaven ♪ ♪ he looks at us all like we're kids ♪ ♪ shameless and painless and perfect and ageless ♪ ♪ forgives all the wrong that w did ♪ ♪ and no matter how much time goes by ♪ ♪ we never had to grow up, we'l stay for worse or for better ♪ ♪ from now until forever, i'll always remember you young ♪ ♪ whoa, oh, i'll always remembe you young ♪ [ cheers and applause >> thank you so much, y'all. >> we're back with a lot more from thomas rhett, including one of his biggest hits. first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ no matter how much time goes by ♪
♪ and the crowd is pumped up we are not done yet with mr. thomas rhett he is back now with one of his classics, so give it up. here he is, thomas rhett, ladies >> i think i might know this one right here. and gentlemen. >> i think i might know this one right here this song is called "crash and burn." i know it's kind of early, but it's time to turn it up. ♪ ooh, ah ♪ so i guess it's over baby and deja vu again ♪ ♪ who'd have thought that time don't stop and somehow girl the world keeps spinning and ♪ ♪ and i guess i've turned mysel into a solitary man ♪ man
♪ ain't like ♪ ain't like i'm the only one that's in the shoes that i am ♪ ♪ do you hear that, i'm right back ♪ ♪ at the sound of the lonely calling ♪ ♪ do you hear that, it's where i'm at ♪ ♪ it's the sound of teardrops falling down, down ♪ ♪ a slamming door and a lesson learned ♪ ♪ i let another lover crash and burn ♪ ♪ i know that it might sound jaded and i have to say ♪ ♪ that i think love is overrated, but i don't like throwing it away ♪ ♪ i know you could probably tel me right where me right where i went wrong ♪
♪ but some guys can't have all the luck if others don't sing sad songs, come on ♪ ♪ do you hear that, i'm right back ♪ ♪ at the sound of lonely calling ♪ ♪ do you hear that, it's where i'm at ♪ ♪ it's the sound of teardrops falling down, down ♪ ♪ a slamming door and a lesson learned ♪ ♪ i let another lover crash and burn, that's right, y'all ♪ ♪ new york city, i've got a little request for you on this last chorus, if it's safe for you to do so, will you jump up and down with us one time like crazy people all right, get ready here we go one, two, three, four! ♪ do you hear that, i'm right back ♪ ♪ at the sound of lonely calling ♪ ♪ do you hear that, it's where i'm at ♪ ♪ it's the sound of teardrops
falling down, down ♪ ♪ falling down, down ♪ ♪ a slamming door and a lesson learned, i let another lover crash and burn ♪ ♪ yeah, i let another lover crash and burn ♪ ♪ that's right, now, another lover, whoo ♪ ♪ another lover crash and burn ♪ another lover, another lover >> thank you, thank you! >> thank you, thomas rhett and we are back in a moment. but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ did you hear that, i'm right
the rainbows to the proud. the almonds to walter. the beaches to the bums. and the fog to, who else, karl. i leave these things to my heirs, all 39 million of you, on one condition. that you do everything in your power to preserve and protect them. with love, california. we're back >> nothing to us now, another big thanks to thomas rhett, who's going to be back with more music in the third hour. >> yeah.
we're so happy to have you here. you've got a big tour going on you're rolling on through. you're hitting a lot of dates. >> yeah, something like 50, 60 cities. >> including madison square garden here. >> let's go. >> that's going to be great. >> i'll see you there. >> you got it. >> the album is "centerpoint road." thank you very much. >> thank you all very much. >> we want to say good-bye but not forever to our very good friend, jeanine del chapo, supervisor of wardrobe here at the "today" show she's been here many, many years, and i can tell you that she is my sunshine she makes every morning brighter and we are just so sad that she's moving on, but she's going with her family to texas, and she's got a great new adventure ahead of her so, we want to say thank you and tell her how much we truly love her. >> one of the loveliest -- >> i can tell you, she made every single one of my days here brighter i couldn't live without her. >> she's someone behind the scenes that makes this whole thing happen she's like my auntie, someone who looks out for me. >> she is. she has the smile and nineteenor and makes you calm i asked her to get me that
safari outfit at the last minute, boom. >> we're going on a mission today. >> we love you >> come back. >> this will always be home for you. we love you so, so much. [ cheers and applause >> and we hope we see you tomorrow morning coming up on "saturday today," it's the start of hurricane season, so we're going to check in on preparations along the gulf coast for the summer to come. but first up, we've got the third hour of "today," along with more thomas rhett, and we've got our friends from "sesame street." i know you've performed with them and they love you, so we're very excited about that. >> i know you're doing the new theme song, right? >> yeah, we are. >> so cool, all right. it's all coming up after your local news and weather have a great weekend, everybody! >> thanks! ♪ good morning, it )s 8:56...
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rockefeller plaza this is the third hour of "today." >> it is a tgif edition of the third hour of "today." >> i love that. >> that's right. al, dylan, sheinelle. craig had to leavearly today, not because he wanted to, but because he could. >> i'm sure a little bit of wanted to. >> yeah, that's it. yesterday we were talking about the weather and how, i mean, 14 days in a row of severe horrible weather. at least we are getting a little relief from the severe weather. unfortunately, across the midwest and the south the flooding problems are still continuing. >> and you see all