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Usually TODAY co-hosts are of the human, non-furry, non-feathered kind. But Thursday's TODAY'S Take was brought to you by the letter "S" — for "Sesame Street"!
That's right, Studio 1A turned into the new home for characters from the beloved HBO/PBS educational show.
Big Bird (who donned a tie like a pro) took a turn as stage manager, Oscar the Grouch directed (his headset microphone was a tin can), Elmo got behind the camera and Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby were on hand for a cooking segment.
What did they want to cook? Cookies, of course!
But when informed there wouldn't be one, Cookie cried, "Bye-bye!"
But they were reinvigorated when it turned out there were Girl Scout cookies in the studio, too — including the new flavor, s'mores! Cookie gobbled one up and pronounced it delicious.
"Like delicate balance of flavors," he said. "You nailed it. You killed it."
Meanwhile, Big Bird had a hard time staying off camera (which most stage managers do) and, along with Elmo, grooved to classic 1990s tunes from Hanson, Sugar Ray and even the Spice Girls!
Trust us, your morning is not complete until you see Elmo singing lyrics from "Wannabe."
Elmo was also around to hilariously help with wishing folks happy birthday, then talked about his rebooted "Sesame" segment "Elmo's World." Elmo even revealed that Sia would be appearing on the segment soon!
Check out all the monster and muppet madness!
The new season of "Sesame Street" premieres on Saturday, Jan. 7 on HBO.
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