Bill de Blasio and Al Roker settle feud on ‘Today’
In a quick appearance together on the “Today” show Monday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio and weatherman Al Roker publicly put their snow feud behind them.
De Blasio visited “Today” to unveil the show’s improved outdoor plaza.
Standing next to the mayor, Roker said, “We had a little chat about school closings and snow, and we want the best for the school kids and our city.”
“That’s right,” de Blasio said. “I think together, letting people know what’s going on with the weather, letting people know how they can be safe, that’s something we do together.”
De Blasio then handed Roker a Department of Sanitation hat and invited him to snow clearing.
“My dad was a bus driver and he used to drive a snow-clearing bus,” Roker said as he accepted the hat and the invitation.
The spat began after Roker criticized the mayor for keeping schools open during the snowstorm on Feb. 13.
“Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term,” the weather anchor tweeted.
“It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed,” he said in another tweet.
“I respect Al Roker a lot, watched him on TV for many many years,” de Blasio later said at a news conference. “It’s a different thing to run a city than to give weather on TV.”
“Mr. Mayor, I could never run NYC, but I know when it’s time to keep kids home from school,” Roker responded on Twitter.
Roker later apologized for his tweet predicting the mayor’s political future.