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:
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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.
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.