Monday morning on the “Today” show proved to be a big occasion for multiple reasons!
Co-host Matt Lauer celebrated his 56th birthday and two familiar faces from "Today"’s past showed up to help!
Journalists Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel, who co-hosted the show together from 1982-1989, returned to the anchor desk to fill the absence of current anchors Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker.
Jane Pauley & Bryant Gumbel
But the missing crew certainly acknowledged their colleague's big day with a bevy of surprises, beginning with Guthrie sending a playful video from her vacation destination, inciting jealousy over her fun beach photos.
Roker gifted Lauer with a Just For Men grey-reducing kit from his post in California where he is busy reporting on the annual Rose Parade.
And Pauley & Bryant weren’t the only blasts from the past this morning. Lauer’s former "Today" anchor Meredith Vieira, who turns 60 today, made a special call to wish her friend well.
She also tweeted about what it was like for her to turn the big 6-0, writing:
Today I turn 60. Birthday suit is worn and wrinkled but still a comfortable fit. Just need to take it in a bit :). Have a great day!— Meredith Vieira (@meredithvieira) December 30, 2013
Today I turn 60. Birthday suit is worn and wrinkled but still a comfortable fit. Just need to take it in a bit :). Have a great day!
And while Vieira flaunted the fact that she was still in bed while Lauer was hard at work, he did remind her that they had a meeting in a few hours to discuss the opening ceremony of the Olympics, which they are set to cover together.
Birthday celebrations aside, Pauley and Gumbel flawlessly returned to their anchoring duties, though Gumbel acknowledged that getting up that early was difficult and Pauley said that the fast pace made the experience go “like a bat out of heck.”
Take a look at the duo in action below and a few highlights from Lauer’s b-day celebrations!
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