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good morning. monster storm. >> it's massive. >> wow! >> oh, my gosh, it's big. >> deadly tornadoes tear through the dallas area overnight, killing at least eight people, destroying homes, terrifying residents as they hunkered down for safety. >> i can't believe it. i never thought that i would live through something like this. it's like a nightmare. >> that same storm system pounding the country again today. 59 million people in its path. with the threat of more tornadoes and snowdrifts as high as ten feet, as people try to make their way home from their christmas vacations. weaver
towering inferno. firefighters in southern california working to get control this morning of a raging wildfire that shut down highways. as one family shares dramatic video of their ride through the ring of fire. holiday terror alert. a new warning about a possible paris paris-style attack in europe before the new year. security beefed up this morning after what appears to be a new message from the leader of isis. and hoverboard fails. people everywhere tumbling down as they tried out their new christmas presents. everyone from politicians to professional athletes. the hottest holiday toy came with a warning about explosions. many people need a balance lesson today, sunday, december 27th, 2015. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza.
welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm sheinelle jones. >> i'm harry smith. we're joined by kristen welker and raphael miranda. erica and dylan have the morning off. >> thank you for waking up with us. let's get to the top story. the monster holiday storm that triggered deadly tornadoes in dallas overnight. the massive storm system is stretching from texas to illinois with 59 million people in its path. here's what we know so far. at least eight people were killed overnight in texas. with as many as 11 tornadoes reported. bringing the death toll to 26 across five states s s since wednesday. overnight, storm chasers captured dramatic video of the tornadoes that ripped cars right off the highway. we have team coverage this morning. let's start with nbc's charles headlock in texas. charles, good morning. >> good morning, sheinelle. parts of texas are waking up to a cold, wet mess. as many as 11 tornadoes struck
>> oh, there's stuff flying in the air. >> reporter: a path of destruction over dallas as deadly tornadoes touched down, terrorizing residents for hours. five people were killed in garland, texas, when the winds swept their cars off i-30. >> appears they came from the highway, around 17 feet. >> reporter: eyewitnesss came upon a scene of devastation. >> it was terrifying. it was heartbreaking. you know, especially being the day after christmas. >> reporter: as the monster storm moved on, bystanders recorded the terrifying sounds of warning sirens and enormous bangs. >> i've seen tornadoes before, but i've never, ever seen damage like this. >> reporter: homes and lives ripped apart in seconds. >> i cannot believe that this amount of damage was done. probably 30 seconds. it felt like a lifetime. it did. i'm sorry.
flew through the air, piercing walls. susan came out to find aasured memories stuck to her mailbox and truck. >> it was someone's wedding picture. >> reporter: south of dallas, more destruction in waxahachie. at least four homes were damaged but no serious injuries reported. >> i'm thankful to god all my >> reporter: the power of the storm was visible from above, as planes passed over dallas. >> the seatbelt sign is on. >> reporter: a ground stop was ordered in dallas-ft. worth airport. rescuers were slowed by flooded roads and power outages. nearly 25,000 people lost power. the city of dallas was spared the worst of the twister's destruction. >> new tornado warning in effect for ellis county. >> reporter: warnings may have saved many more lives. for those who came through the storm, a long road to recovery lies ahead. >> i have no doubt that everyone
it's going to take a lot of time and a lot of effort. weekend. a blizzard in the panhandle. tornadoes here and, now with flash flooding. and snow could be mixed with the rain later tonight. sheinelle? >> charles hadlock, thank you. the same storm system that spun off the tornadoes is also responsible today for what's being called a historic blizzard that could paralyze holiday travel. overnight in new mexico, snow was blamed for more than 100 accidents. police are asking churches to open later so roads can be cleared. mike seidel is in amarillo, texas, with the latest. good morning. >> good morning, harry. from the middle of interstate 40, it is shut down due to the blizzard from the west side of amarillo toal ber al ber buquerque.
ferocious wind all night. it's gusted 60 to 65 miles per hour in the panhandle and will blow like this today, tonight and into monday morning. looking at one to two feet of snow. some of the highway you can see. here, because it's a dry, powdery snow, you have drifts almost a foot and a half deep. we've already had 23 inches of snow in parts of new mexico, but this is the issue. it just blows. it's like powdered sugar. the temperature is 20 degrees. our wind chills are around zero. it's going to be a long day and travel is not recommended. in fact, the hotel we're staying 30% full. now, they're completely full. everybody pulled off the interstate and they're hunkered monday. it's going to be a wild day out here in amarillo. this could be one of their biggest storms on record, even competing with a blizzard three years ago, when they had over 20 inches. harry, back to you. >> we'll do our best to get you
mike seidel, thank you very much. you have tens of millions of people traveling in the path of this storm. let's turn to raphael miranda. >> the storm is still getting stronger today, affecting millions of people around the region. warnings extending from the canadian border. we have ice warnings, all warnings with this storm turn sboog into a blockbuster. it's gaining strength. blizzard off to the west. ice storm into oklahoma. flooding for the plains and into the midwest. of course, that tornado threat continues today on this sunday. now, the threat has shifted east new orleans. that's where the threat for severe thunderstorm lies. more tornadoes are possible this afternoon into this evening. hail and damaging winds already waterlogged here. some areas could see up to half a foot of rain as we're heading
we have it all with this storm. it's coinciding with one of the unfortunately. it'll affect us tomorrow as we >> thank you. >> people have to stay safe. out west, firefighters are making progress as they battle a wildfire in southern california that shut down highways and lives. we have more from nbc's blake mccoy. >> reporter: this morning's cleanup effort, a welcome sight for homeowners who, just a day earlier, were facing this in their backyards, prompting the emergency evacuation of nearly 100 homes along pacific coast highway in california. >> the fire was about 30 feet from my parents' house. >> it was scary. >> reporter: dry conditions and gusty santa ana winds fueling the flames. this incredible video shot by tourists from the netherland the family of five had just seen a lakers game and were driving to santa barbara, when they
>> i was like, this is my last minute of life. it felt like an hour, really, but in the end, it was only a few seconds. >> reporter: this morning, firefighters say the flames were sparked by a downed power line knocked over in a windstorm. >> we will not leave until we know every last ember has been ex extinguish extinguished. >> reporter: their quick reaction time applauded by residents. >> i have a lot of confidence in these guys. there was something like 500 firefighters on the job, and they did a beautiful job of containing it so it didn't run away from them. >> reporter: for "today," blake mccoy, nbc news, ventura, california. treacherous weather is wreaking havoc in england. >> britain is sending troops to deal with floods. towns in northern england, scotland and wales are dealing with rising waters.
a 200-year-old pub collapsed as it was swept off its foundation. the water could remain high with more rain possible. security is beefed up across europe in response to a new terror threat there. kelly cobiella joins us with the detail. i know you've been tracking the story. what's the latest there? >> police said the tip came from a friendly intelligence service, warning of a gun or bomb attack in a european capital sometime between christmas and new year's. police in vienna say they found no evidence of a plot, but they have increased security at big events and crowded places as a precaution. six weeks after the attacks in paris that left 130 dead, capitals around europe have been on a tightened state of alert anyway. two weeks ago, swiss authorities stepped up security in geneva because of what authorities there called a specific terror threat. now, this latest tip came on the
believed to be from isis leader al baghdadi. he says isis is getting stronger and also threatens israel. nbc news cannot independently verify the authenticity of the message, but our partners at flash point say it appears to be real and from baghdadi. >> all of that, undoubtedly, adding to the jitters across europe. chicago police are under fire following the latest office-involved shooting. police responded to a domestic disturbance sarong involving a 19-year-old, said to be threatening his father with a baseball bat. the young man came toward them and one opened fire. he hit a neighbor accidentally, killing her. in views louisville, kentucky, a small was
broke out. business owners called police for help. officers cleared the area, trying to keep the teens apart to prevent new fights from erupting. peyton manning is calling a report of growth hormone use complete garbage. the broncos quarterback said in a statement provided to profootballtalk.com, allegations in a new documentary are totally made up. he said the suggestion he got drugs under his wife's name while recovering from surgery never happened. finally, a group of health service workers in england are celebrating a very special christmas bonus. their choir found out its holiday recording is the number one christmas song, and they are happy. there's no doubt about that. the group mixed simon and gar garfunkle with coldplay.
>> look at those smiles. priceless. the group's hit beat out justin bieber's song. the singer urged others to back the choir. all the proceeds go to charity. if you're beating justin bieber, even with a little assist, you're doing well. >> look at the video. it's a feel good video. >> it is. >> they are loving that. >> thank you. >> absolutely. what can we expect? there's a lot going on out there. >> the record heat continues in the northeast for one more day. this is it. if you like the warm weather, enjoy it in new york city and boston. cold out west, below average temperatures in places like amarillo. new york city breaking an all time record again with a high of 65 degrees. boston, about 20 degrees above average. even down into atlanta, temperatures about 20 to 30 degrees above >> good sunday morning, everyone, another mild day ahead of us but darn start outside. 53 in bedford. woe being trad areas of drizzle and light showers overnight and early this morning.
mass pike. we'll continue to see this for a couple of hours. expecting dry breaks from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. can't rule out an isolated shower but a lot of the rain, close to 60 in southeastern mass then we have the snow, ice, over to rain >> that's your forecast. >> thank you. now to politicians. while the presidential candidates are taking a break for the holidays, they're about to go full speed ahead with the iowa caucuses fast approaching. kristen, you've been busy, and i know you have a wild look back at 2015. busier. with days until 2016, it's safe to say, we're saying good-bye to one of the most unpredictable books. >> and i promise you this -- >> reporter: 2015, against all odds, the year of donald trump. >> president trump. >> reporter: his critics writing him off after his controversial
>> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. they're not sending their best. >> reporter: that was just the beginning. >> i like people that weren't captured. >> total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. she was favored to win. she [ bleep ] lost. >> reporter: fiery remarks that would have sunk most candidates but trump is still surging. >> nice to meet you, too. >> reporter: the one-time favorite for the nomination, jeb bush, struggling in the billionaire's shadow. >> donald trump is a jerk. >> reporter: it's proven to be the year of the outside. candidates like ben carson and bernie sanders, a self-described socialist, firing up voters who are fed up with washington. >> bernie! bernie! >> reporter: the question now, can they turn that passion on the trail into actual votes? >> thank you, all, so much. >> reporter: meanwhile, the democratic front runner is entering the new year solidly on top. hillary clinton, so far,
over her e-mails. >> did you wipe your server? >> with a cloth or something? >> that means the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your e-mails. >> reporter: and a boost from vice president biden who decided to stay out. >> i believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. >> reporter: and while a number of candidates in both parties have already dropped out, for the ones who remain, the race for the white house is just about to kick into high gear. >> and it is worth noting that the front runners have weaknesses heading into the new year. cruz is beating trump in iowa. and bernie sanders is giving clinton a race in new hampshire. it's time for voters to have their say. the iowa caucuses, 36 days away. i believe when it was 18 months away away. >> here it is. >> yes, and it's heating up. >> thank you. >> absolutely. nbc's andrea mitchell is
morning while chuck todd enjoys the day off. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> this is going to be the most difficult question of the day. the biggest political story of 2015, i wonder, hmm. >> how hard it is. i guess you'd have to say, as you both know, sheinelle and harry, it's donald trump. who could have predicted this? this has been the most amazingly unpredictable year. we kept saying all of the conventional pundits, saying that he would fall. that the balloon would burst, but it hasn't. here he is, still the front runner by far. and, yes, ted cruz and others coming up on the inside, but we're going into 2016 with donald trump still having to prove that he can organize in iowa and do the traditional caucus thing. but so far, he has been unstoppable. >> let's talk more about the iowa caucuses. at this point, we're five weeks away. how much could change between now and then? we've been talking about trump. what should he be watching for,
>> he needs to see if he can translate the crowds into organizing. are those people going to stand up and say they're for donald trump? some of the things he's said about hillary clinton, which have been described as sexist, vaj -- language, are some of those too edgy for iowa voters, or will they follow what they've shown so far in the polling and stick with donald trump? >> it's been a mystery we all try to untangle. i'll go to a different subject. as we end 2015, begin 2016, here's my prediction for power couple of the year. paul ryan and barack obama. >> i agree with you. >> see? >> you know, harry, this is the most promising domestic issue.
and barack obama can talk, can negotiate, work out compromises. washington. it is according to republican candidates. if they can work together, maybe, maybe, they can get something going. it's hard to say what it could be. maybe on budget issues. certainly not on guns. chuck did an interview with spike lee we'll be showing to violence in the country. there are issues unresolved. it's a large part of why people are so angry at washington. maybe things can change. i'm an optimist. >> weeks without threat of a government shutdown. how about that? >> a good sign. >> andrea mitchell, thank you so much. we're going to see andrea in a bit on "meet the press," when they will be joined by presidential candidate senator bernie sanders. up next, look out below. wipeouts galore, as dads try out
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#hoverboard fail, over and over and over again. that is just brutal. take a look at this video. even star athletes can't help but take a tumble when on a hoverboard. ouch, that looked like it hurt. now, an instagram video of major league baseball player dan ugla with his kids on christmas day. this has to be a favorite. strong start. strong start. looks like he's got it. looks like he's got the hang of it. not quite. this picture was posted on twitter of her dad. take a look. dad tried riding a hoverboard, and now we're here. just brutal. looks like the er, right? even a congressman. carlos curbelo, writes, kids. my daughter got it. i ended up in baptist health. poor guy. we hope that he heals very soon. drones.
this video was posted on twitter. a daughter asks herself why she bought her dad a drone for christmas. tries to fly it and doesn't gho so -- go so well. this instagramer posted a video of her dad trying to figure out how to work his drone. is he going to figure it out? he's off to a good start. he as the control and boom. it's up on the ceiling. guys, these were good tries. cautionary tale to all you dads out there, dads of the world, stay safe. read the instructions. >> are you supposed to do them in the house? >> i don't think so. >> why is everybody trying it in the living room. >> the look on his face is priceless. it went up. >> thank you, kristen. >> absolutely. >> thanks so much. still to come, a christmas miracle for a couple whose beloved dog disappeared years ago. a hilarious look back at the to the used car buyer who's worried about getting
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>> audience member: this is 7 ws now. >> anchor: good morning, as we approach the 8:30 half hour, test a still raining out there. not a great start to the sunday. let's get a peek of the forecast. >> not a fantastic visibility look but it's mild. 45 in boston, 56 new bedford. we've areas of drizzle and light showers working on through, but you see to the west of us bright back to hours in here mid-morning into mid-mornings, can't rule out an isolated showers. temperatures running mid 50s boston north to the near 60s to southeastern mass. you track the snow and ice in here tuesday morning, more on that coming up. >> to the top stories part of i-93 northbound closed at exit 18 in dorchester because of a truck that crashed there. department of transportation reporting crews are on the
no word on the condition of the driver of the truck. more than a dozen people are without a place to live after this fire tore through this home last night. flames broke out after 6:00 pm. edge was able to make it out safely and the red cross was there to help the families out. we're following a developing story. 14-year-old boy rushed to the hospital yesterday after he was shot in the leg in dorchester. we're told the teen's injuries are nonlife threatening. no word on any arrests in the case. today in new england returns at 9:00.
music, please. >> do we stretch? >> here we go. the players gonna play, play, play hate this. you'll see it again in the year end video. heartbreakers gonna break >> les was right. peter and i made the year ender. we'll show you the fun we had in 2015 in a moment. good morning. back on a sunday morning, december 27th, 2015, with an enthusiastic crowd. a large crowd. >> very big crowd on the plaza. >> packing them in here on the plaza today. >> a lot of energy. >> wow!
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the fun in a couple of seconds. path of a severe weather system halve havoc from texas to illinois. the storm killed at least 11 people overnight in texas. awful there. bringing the death toll to more than two dozen in five states last wednesday. officials in southern california say a raging wildfire is now 60% contained, with evacuation orders lifted overnight. hundreds of firefighters are battling the fast-moving blaze. they stopped the forward spread. investigating another deadly police shooting. investigators say a 55-year-old woman was accidentally shot to death saturday when police responded to a disturbance call involving her neighbor, a 19-year-old man who was
and also was fatally shot. chicago mayor rahm emanuel says an independent review is underway. we begin with a happy story for the holidays. a very unlikely reunion. a family's beloved dog was missing for more than six years, until they got a phone call they'll never forget. he was alive and hundreds of miles away. kristen dahlgren has more. >> good morning, guys. if you lost a pet ever, you know the pes desperation. the family had almost given up hope and then the call came, that may make you believe in christmas miracles. >> reporter: it's a sight daniel and alison marx never thought they'd see again. their beloved dog happy and home for the first time in six years. >> i wish he kept a journal. i'd love to know what he did every day. >> reporter: they last saw him when his brother and him ran out in the storm.
>> i thought an animal got to him. >> reporter: daniel searched in the storm, lost himself. >> i was lost over five hours. fortunately, i was able to hear the traffic on 93, so i moved toward that and got to the road. a deputy sheriff picked me up. >> reporter: they searched again, put up signs, placed ads in the paper. finally, went home to las vegas. but they never forgot willie. >> i go to bed at night, even years after we lost him, and think, what should i have done? what could i have done differently? >> reporter: they got another dog, another brother, and then they got a phone call. from a shelter almost 300 miles away from where they last saw willie. >> unexpected. >> reporter: it turned out, willie wandered to the road, too, and was picked up by a health. he was adopted by a family in again. a shelter found him and scanned his microchip. six and a half years after they last saw him, willie finally
>> a heartwarming story for the holidays. hope for pet owners out there. microchips do work. sometimes, it takes a while. >> incredible, six years. that must be a record. >> i feel bad for the family that had him for all that time, owners. >> right. he looked like a collie, right? >> yes. >> aren't they supposed to say, tim timmy is in the well? it's what i thought. >> lassie! so much weather out there. traveling today. >> it's going to be a nightmare of a travel day today and also tomorrow. there is an ice storm component to the storm. we're expecting ice in oklahoma city and north texas. then the blizzard. we're expecting over a foot of snow in the texas panhandle to the oklahoma panhandle today to tomorrow. as we head back to work on
upper midwest, 4 to 6 inches. a taste of winter with this monster storm. it'll be a rough one. pack your >> good sunday morning, everyone, another mild day ahead of us but darn start outside. 53 in bedford. woe being trad areas of drizzle and light showers morning. a few of them north of the mass pike. we'll continue to see this for a couple of hours. expecting dry breaks from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. can't rule out an isolated shower but a lot of the rain, close to 60 in southeastern mass then >> that's your forecast. >> we're all going to start humming the theme. >> to "lassie." >> that's right. >> thank you very much. up next, we're going to catch up with the cast of one of the most talked about films of the year, "the danish girl."
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>> the first time we met, she oppositioned me. >> reporter: the film is inspired by two danish painters and takes us along on the journey, as ina transitions into a woman, into lili. >> could you help me with something? >> anything. >> reporter: as beautiful as the paintings themselves, the movie charts that transition. >> her courage was extraordinary, with something i thought was a dazzling story. >> i think everyone who has seen the film realized it's a very emotional ride, that those two women go on. >> reporter: friends play important supporting roles. an art dealing and long-time friend of the couple. >> being an art dealer is always looking for beauty. >> hello there.
the fun-loving, non-judgmental friend. >> we categorize love and label it in certain ways with expectations. >> reporter: but the story is really about love. understanding. finding your true self. >> one trans i met in los angeles described when she transitioned, she got to a point that she was willing to give her everything and anything to live a life authentic. you >> you hope people will see it and have their minds changed. >> there has been progress with extraordinary people like laverne cox, caitlyn jenner, all their stories becoming present in mainstream. >> it's so beautiful and, yet, the subject matter is so painful. maybe that's the reason why -- >> i think the key is the balance of pain and joy. >> release. it's the most extraordinary thing, to find yourself. >> i love you because you're the
me. who made me possible. >> keir simmons with the cast of "the danish girl," from our sister company, universal pictures. "the danish girl" is in theaters nationwide. up next, the year that was. a look at all the laughs we had this year, with "weekend today." baby, i'm just gonna shake, shake, shake first, these messages. olay regenerist renews from within, plumping surface cells for a dramatic transformation without the need for fillers your concert tee might show your age... your skin never will. olay regenerist.
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a little party never killed nobody thi last sunday at 2015 on "weekend today," we can't help but look back at what an incredible year we've had. >> there were laughs. there were pranks. of course, there was some dancing, singing and dancing, along the way, for that matter. >> welcome. >> welcome. >> welcome to "today". >> on a saturday. >> on a sunday morning. >> glad to have you with us. >> 2015 was. >> an adventure. >> cold and snowy.
>> dylan is in boston this morning. can't catch a break. one of the meteorologists who can't catch a break. >> i worked in boston for years and this is about as powerful a storm as i've seen. ice as far south as georgia. the great niagara falls is partially frozen over. do you have the winter blues? yardstick. now, it's not close enough to being big enough to measure these mounds of snow. the blizzard of 2015 is one for the
record books. >> we've all come outside to brave the elements. dylan is warm and toasty inside. she has hot chocolate. it's been a rough month for our meteorologist. >> yes. >> i've met an incredible number of people over this past year.
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our bosses to go to denmark and do a story about lego. >> i feel like sometimes, the people i interview, i get more from them than i feel i'm giving to them. >> what are your dreams for the company? >> i'm inspiring upward, learning new things. >> an 8-year-old girl caught her known newspapers. >> if i treat people seriously, they'll treat me seriously. >> wisdom with come in a child. >> i got to go to sweden and golf at midnight, when the sun is still kind of up. night putting, putting at night. i love we had the opportunity to take our woman somewhere special for mother's day. i went white water rafting in
>> we're going back in time with prom-themed cult classics. >> this is going to be the best night of our lives and we won't regret anything. >> i love we're coordinated. this is beautiful. >> in our series "run for today." >> we're here in central park with a lot of our run for today participants. >> we have a few people on the plaza, looking forward to their weekly "sundays with harry." >> we have a good one. >> just back from a trip to glacier national park in montana. bookmobile? >> oh, yeah. again. >> you can probably buy a couple new pickups for the price of a stagecoach. expo expo, i returned it and we gave it to our expert. back to you. >> crazy thing is, they thought they sent all the snakes back. they didn't. >> don't, don't, no, no, no!
>> did you prank yourself? >> i didn't even want to do it. snakes. >> i'm not afraid of elevators, flying or walking down the street. it's a snake zplchlt ! >> are you aware today is national hug a newsman day? >> i did not. >> we almost had one of those moments on live television where i had to be bleeped out. >> gone from days when sweatpants were considered gym clothes. >> oh, now i get it. >> let's be clear, i requested a large and i ended up with a medium. they're a little up in here, up in here. something. i'll warn the audience. >> i don't know why it's always the guys that get the pranks. they're good sports about it. >> would you wear them? >> not this pair. >> happy valentine's day. >> in honor of pie day, i'll take you back to my math class
>> we don't want to miss wishing you national cereal day. >> what? >> i'm going to cry! >> what's up, dudes? >> we know you've been working hard all week, so we'll ask you to leave the kitchen and let the men do the cooking. >> happy mother's day. >> today marks the 50th birthday of our buddy here. here's also brought famous cinnamon rolls for us today. >> happy birthday, erica hill. >> thanks, guys. >> finally 30. god bless you. >> right? i don't look a day over 25. >> i heard it's somebody's birthday today. >> it is. >> we were keeping it a secret, but not for long. >> cinnamon buns. >> how did you know? >> guys, welcome to the blind auditions of season 9 of "the voice."
show i've hosted today she'll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come this, i know >> did you decide who you want to be your coach? >> i think i wanna hollerback girl. >> i'll go with gwen. >> it was such a bittersweet moment when we said good-bye toless to less lester on weekend. we're proud of him. it's wonderful to see him in this job on nightly news where he is a perfect fit. >> i'm thrilled about the opportunity, but i'm really going to miss you and miss this audience. i'll always consider myself a member of the "today" show family. >> i'm going to let everybody in on a behind the scenes secret. at "weekend today," we love to break out into song and dance whenever we can.
me something yummy when i was sick, she'd take care of me, i love my mama >> i'll touch your soul. >> can we acknowledge the fact i'm dressed up like a pirate? >> it's normal. >> one of the best parts of "weekend today" is everything that happens behind the scenes. we're kind of like the little engine that could. >> behind the scenes at "weekend today" is like a hug from heaven. >> we're one big happy family. a lot of smiles and joking.
>> how long is it taking to shoot this picture? >> music, please. >> did we stretch? >> here we go. the players gonna play, play, play, play, play the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate >> some producer right now is recording this. you'll see it again in the year end video. >> wow. >> really amazing, riegtd ght? >> what a year. >> one of my favorite moments, the "voice." you dressed up, and it was classic. >> one of our stylists on the
meticulous. pharrell has a lightning bolt on this side of his jacket. i'm happy you saw the crew's faces. they do so much to make this world turn. >> great point. >> it was so fun. >> i'm sort of new to this group here. maybe six or seven months or so. the fact is, people here are so nice, internettic, ic energetic. i feel grateful to have the opportunity to hang with you all. >> they pulled off great surprises. the day on mother's day. erica and i are involved in the show. it's hard to pull a fast one, so to speak. for my husband to get two 3-year-olds and a 6-year-old out of the house by 6:00 a.m., and erica's kids from sa uburbia. >> you should have pharrell's hat in a display box. >> try to have some fun next year.
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