TODAY   |  October 25, 2013

The fate of Willie’s facial hair is put to a vote

In a case of “nationally televised blackmail,” TODAY’s own Willie Geist is persuaded by Natalie Morales and Al Roker to grow a beard for “Movember.” But viewers disagreed in an online survey, with 73% advising Willie to “keep it clean.”

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>> listen to the viewers.

>> yes.

>> we were talking about beards and the red sox players are growing the beards and i suggested that maybe --

>> i grow a beard.

>> i suggested it. we said go for it.

>> what i believe in is democracy.

>> this was a flawed number.

>> absolutely let it go. 27%. no, keep it clean, 73%.

>> the people have spoken, natalie.

>> they're doing this for charity and the month of november.

>> you're the worst.

>> the crew said they will be in on it.

>> i'll do it.

>> al will do it.

>> let's do it.

>> this is nationally televised blackmail right now.

>> that's right.

>> and as a black male i think you should do it.

>> oh.

>> try it through monday. if it's terrible he can shave it off monday.

>> i'll slave have on a commercial break.

>> i'm trying right now. let's