TODAY   |  January 13, 2012

Time to cut the cake! TODAY celebrates

A special guest wheels in the giant anniversary treat for anchors, producers and crew.

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>>> welcome back to "today" at 60, our celebration. our group has grown because we are now joined by some of our former news anchors, john palmer , faith daniels and margaret larson .

>> and we have, by the way, some of the first women of today are here as well. the today girls, florence henderson , lee meriweather and estelle parsons . it's great to have you all here.

>> great to be here.

>> this is an historic group. wonderful to have you all in one place. we love to do toasts and eat on "today." we have a little cake.

>> we might have a fire actually.

>> we have a special guest bringing the cake in.

>> who's that?

>> ladies and gentlemen , a big surprise. meredith vieira is going to pop out of the cake. oh, there she s.

>> tom, it's great to have you here. tom has been on the broadcast 22 times. we went back and counted.

>> you will get it right sooner or later .

>> the only reason i pushed out the cake is the trainer didn't have enough time with j. fred muggs .

>> nice of you to do it.

>> when you look around the group you must see people you have had moments with.

>> when i had the measles, i stayed home and watched you all.

>> let us do this.

>> when you were a baby.

>> let us say this. here on this show every morning of course we wake up and put a show on for our viewers. we try to uphold their standards. but i want you to know all of us here each morning who now occupy the seats we think of you all every morning and we try to pay tribute to the hard work you have put in over the years and we try to honor your legacy. thank you very much.

>> thank you.

>> congratulations.

>> here!

>> oh, one more. we can share.

>> happy birthday, everyone.

>> happy birthday.

>> cheers!

>> thank you for your legacy.

>> we're going to have more of "today" ahead on a friday morning right after these messages and your local news.

>> eat the cake!

>>> radio city new york from the exhibition hall on 49th