The TODAY weatherman and co-host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade met again on Thursday, a year later, with the man in the butter suit Al famously pushed him and said, « Get out of here, Butter! »
The butter feud between the two melted as he warmly greeted 33-year-old Donny Willis, whose relentless pursuit of him at last year’s parade made people start their turkey day with a smile.
« Butter is back and better than ever, » said Al. « Donny Willis repeats his role, and when I say roll I mean ‘buttered buns. ‘ »
Willis, a pastor at Westchester Church in Valhalla, New York, took part in the parade despite being a good friend who works for Macy’s. He shared TODAY after his viral moment last year that « one of the greatest lessons is how to hug big moments like a hot potato. «
On Thursday, he remembered finding out he had become a sensation in the middle of the parade last year when his wife ran from the stands and asked him, « Donny, what did you do ?! »
Willis was butter on toast when it came to sticking to Al at seemingly every turn of the parade route.
« There was a moment when I was preoccupied with my kids: ‘Dad, what were you doing ?!' » Al said on Thursday. « All of a sudden I had to worry about a butter man, a butter man who was just driving me crazy for the whole parade. «
« Hamilton » star Lin-Manuel Miranda was one of many who twice avoided Al on Thanksgiving.
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A year later, in a difficult year around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic, Willis owes a lot.
« You know, it was a buttery year than expected, » he joked. « We have no complaints. Lots of good things happen to my family, wife is now the headmaster of her school and she has just worked through this whole thing so we have no complaints, very blessed. «
The pandemic also brought changes to this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There won’t be a crowd of millions or the usual two mile parade route as it’s in Herald Square near the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan.
« You have a shorter parade route to harass me, so I’ll go find you, » said Al.
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