In advance of a Little Rock stop next Thursday on his "Lend a Hand Today" charity tour, where he'll broadcast from a surprise "small" Little Rock charity throughout the "Today Show" broadcast, America's favorite weatherman talked to me, over the phone, about his infamous Speidi interview, man candy, Katie Couric and more.
This won’t be your first time to Little Rock, will it?
You know, I think it is actually.
So tell me a little about the “Lend a Hand Today” tour. This is your eighth year?
Eighth year. We're going around the country. This coming Monday we start in Los Angeles. Tuesday Portland. Wednesday Galveston. Thursday Little Rock. Friday we end up in Charlotte, North Carolina.
And you’re surprising people?
Yes. We do five cities, five charities, five days. We let you know the city, but we don’t let you know the charity until that morning. You just don’t get tired of doing this. We could probably do one every day and still just scratch the surface. And we’re not going to the charities that everyone knows. We’re going to the smaller charities and they’re just as important. This is what the country was built on — volunteerism, charity.
I've got to ask you about the Speidi interview. Was this a "Network," "I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore" moment, or this getting blown way out of proportion?
Look, I’m quite frankly surprised at the amount of interest in it, but I think the reason it’s taken on a larger than life, it’s not because of these two people. They’re the flavor of the minute. Right now, in this time in our country, we’re kind of looking at “what is celebrity?” There’s a lot of great people who’re well known because they’ve done really good things. Whether they’re actors or singers or politicians or athletes or fire fighters or police officers or soldiers — they’ve done something. They didn’t find notoriety for being on a fake reality show and behaving badly. I think people are kind of saying, "Wait a minute" and "enough."