This is how cutthroat things have gotten on the “Today” show: Al Roker now has to report to work with laryngitis, then stand on the set and watch hot famous people do his job while he is unable to say a single word.
Seriously. That’s what happened this morning on “Today” when Scarlett Johansson, as well as readily available celebrities Phillip Phillips of “American Idol” fame, Finesse Mitchell and motivational speaker Tony Robbins were called upon to gesture toward satellite maps and tell us that heavy rain is developing in the Northwest.
In a related story, New Orleans is now located somewhere near San Francisco and western Pennsylvania comprises most of Washington state, Oregon and Nevada. That information is based entirely on Scarlett Johansson’s meteorological gestures, which are — like her word and the words that Roker would say if he wasn’t forced to mutely stand outside in the chilly Rockefeller Plaza air, which cannot be helping the dude’s laryngitis — bond.
Actually, Johansson was probably the smoothest forecaster of the lot. The men, as you can see below, had a bit more trouble acting as Roker subs. Although, to Robbins’s credit, he did persuade your neck of the woods to believe in its own personal power.
For Roker’s sake, let’s hope NBC lets the guy use his sick time until he regains proper use of his vocal cords.