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Looking back at Lester Holt's 12 years with Weekend TODAY

Lester Holt anchored Weekend TODAY for 12 years. On Sunday, the team looked back at his time on the show before h e steps into his new role.
/ Source: TODAY

As Lester Holt steps into the role of permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News, the Weekend TODAY team wanted to give the newsman, who has been a full-time anchor of Weekend TODAY for the last 12 years, a proper send-off, complete with a champagne toast.

On TODAY Sunday, Erica Hill, Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones and Craig Melvin (and special guest Jenna Wolfe) took a look back at some of Lester's highlights on Weekend TODAY.

"Lester loves his job. He's a true journalist," TODAY's Erica Hill said. "He is so good at being that anchor man, but he is also so good at being a friend."

From his countless stories from around the world to even his dancing and musical skills, the Weekend TODAY crew said that they will have much to miss.

"He's everything you imagined and more. Yes, he really is that fun, he really is that smart, he really is that kind, he really is that genuine," Erica said. "I'm gonna miss everything about Lester."