Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Craig Melvin and Carson Daly excitedly cheered upon meeting at an outdoor get-together in New York after months of working remotely from home due to the coronavirus shutdowns.
"I didn't realize how much I missed you guys!" Craig exclaimed.
The five sat down together while social distancing, as Daly said he missed hanging out with the cast more than being on TV.
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"The truth is, I don't even really like being on TV that much, I just want to be hanging out with you and the show," he said.
Guthrie agreed, and said she enjoyed spending every morning with her team.
"People ask us, is it hard to get up in the morning and that early? I always say no. And the reason it's not hard is because we're all there together and I think that's been the hardest part that we really love meeting up in the morning and spending our whole morning together," she said
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They discussed their mixed emotions and experiences during the stay-at-home orders from the coronavirus pandemic. While they missed each other, Kotb said "all this additional time (with my kids) has been such a joy for me."
"I would say God, thanks for not letting me miss this, this is one of those things that's easily missed in life and I don't think we've ever paused like this. I know we're working, but it's different. And I feel like my life's been on pause and I'm seeing things more clearly."
Roker and Craig reflected on raising their Black children in light of the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
"Craig and I talking about raising, you know, young Black men and young Black children in this time. Talking about it in a way both privately and publicly I just never thought we would do," Roker said.
Despite being apart, the "Today Show" team remains closer than ever.
"I guess to me this whole time period is a testament to bonds that are greater than physical closeness," Guthrie said. "They're real closeness, emotional closeness, and our friendships have carried that and kind of lifted us up. And I feel that (although) we're far away I feel as close to you as ever if not more."
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