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Why Al Roker is 'the Elton John of weather' and other things we learned from his Facebook chat

June 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM ET

For nearly two decades, Al Roker has delivered the weather, the news and lots of laughs on TODAY.

He's also provided plenty of memorable moments in between, like "A-Team" monologues and costumes, and brand new memes.

Al took over TODAY's Facebook page Thursday to answer your questions! Here's what we learned:

Al's Facebook chat revealed his hopes, dreams and why he'll never be a Kardashian.
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Al's Facebook chat revealed his hopes, dreams and why he'll never be a Kardashian.

1. If he didn’t have the TODAY gig, he’d at the kitchen  or drawing  table.

  • Carol Baier: If you didn't have your TODAY job, what would you want to do/be?
  • Al: I would want to be a chef and/or an animator. Love food and love animated cartoons. 

2. He’s keeping his day job.

  • Michele Lee: Hey Al. Would you ever do a reality show, like Keeping up with the Kardashians? They could call it Keeping up with Al.
  • Al: I would rather have steel spikes jammed into my head.

3. He keeps things in perspective.

  • Reneé Meléndez: How many pairs of glasses do you own? You seem to have a pair to match every outfit.
  • Al: About ten pairs. I'm like the Elton John of Weather.
Al Roker/Elton John
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4. One of his favorite interviews was with a civil rights legend.

  • Jennifer Stauffer: Hi Al!!! Thanks for always making me smile in the mornings! My question is what is your favorite memory of your career on TODAY? Thanks and have a great day!
  • Al: One of them was getting to meet Rosa Parks. What an honor and a thrill.

5. Why he won't be celebrating birthday milestones on TODAY.

  • Monica Bodkin: Will you take over Willard Scotts's birthday segment when he gives it up?
  • Al: Willard is the King. He never is leaving.
  • Natasha Rohela: Who is your idol?!? Who do you look up to the most and why?!?
  • Al: After my late dad, Willard Scott.

6. The secret to how he stays so darn cheerful!

  • Jessica Plum: What do you do to stay positive, motivated and to relieve stress with having such a busy work schedule yourself? You always have such a positive affect and good energy.
  • Al: I always remember my dad. Drove a NYC bus 8 hrs a day for 20 years. He was always up. Always positive. If he could be, I can be.

7. Why manners matter to him.

  • Tonia Burden Berry: It's apparent that you are a genuinely nice man. What pushes your buttons?
  • Al: Some days, nicer than others. Not saying Please and Thank You.

8. Al recalls his scariest moment at work....

  • Susan Tipton Brandon: What has been the scariest moment in your travels while broadcasting?
  • Al: During Hurricane Sandy. We got caught in the storm surge.

...and his funniest...

  • Laura Lund Leilich: What's been your favorite Al and Matt moment? 
  • Al: The first Luge run in Torino.

9. He maintains his weight despite constantly being surrounded by food on the TODAY set.

  • Jacquellen Cicchetto: How do you manage to maintain your weight loss surrounded by all those food segments, etc.?
  • Al: Only take 1 or 2 bites.
  • Sarah Gonzalez: I’m so glad you had success with your weight loss. I was afraid of gastro bypass so I had the lap band put on …How did you do it? Aren’t you hungry or tempted with food? How do you get the willpower?
  • Al: Every day is a battle. But you take 1 day at a time, and don't beat yourself up if you don't have the best day.

10. Where he plans to spend his twilight years.

  • Rhonda Shane: If you were to retire solely based on weather, where would that be?
  • Al: The Bahamas, where it's always better. 
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