TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Matt and Al rub noses; Billy Crystal honors Mickey Rooney

April 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM ET

Billy Crystal remembers Mickey Rooney, TODAY takes on World Records, and Matt and Al share a nose rub.
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Billy Crystal remembers legendary actor Mickey Rooney, TODAY takes on World Records, and Matt and Al share a nose rub.

1. TODAY's Matt Lauer and Al Roker started everyone’s Monday morning off right with a quick nose rub. The anchors were inspired by Duchess Kate and Prince William, who received a Maori welcome — known as a "hongi" — during their official welcome ceremony in New Zealand.

Video: The royal baby arrived overnight in New Zealand with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to begin his first official tour as a royal. NBC’s Sara James reports.

Also, Prince George is enjoying his trip Down Under — and his cheeks are still wonderfully chubby.

Duchess Kate and her son, Prince George of Cambridge, at Wellington Military Terminal.
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Duchess Kate and her son, Prince George of Cambridge, at Wellington Military Terminal.

2. Billy Crystal took the opportunity during his TODAY visit to remember Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday at age 93.

"He was a tremendous talent, and someone at 5 foot tall that everybody looked up to," Crystal told the anchors.

Video: The actor tells TODAY that the late Mickey Rooney was “one of the most talented actors ever in the history of movies,” and shares some personal stories about the Hollywood legend.

3. An extremely excited and adorable dog broke the first Guinness World Record in our Spring Breakers TODAY series. Watch the Border Collie and Kelpie mix skip 128 times in one minute:

Video: 4-year-old rescue dog Geronimo held the Guinness World Record for most Dutch-style jump-rope skips in one minute with 113, and broke her record live on TODAY by jumping 128 times!

4. Actress Kirstie Alley told Matt she’s joining Jenny Craig to lose weight — again.

“I was like, you look OK on the street, but you don't look [OK] on TV, not so much,” Alley said, referring to her new sitcom, “Kirstie.”

Video: The actress talks to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about her fight to keep the weight off as she returns as the face of Jenny Craig. “I have to be more disciplined,” she says, and offers some tips for keeping off the pounds.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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