Hoda Kotb really does dance that much, the crowd really does cheer that much and everyone really, really does love Chloe Kim.
These are just a few of the lessons learned while PEOPLE spent a few hours backstage on Tuesday at the Today show during its two weeks broadcasting from Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
What else do the viewers at home miss from in front of their TV screens instead of behind the cameras on set?
Yep, the Studio Is Open-Air — But They Find Ways to Stay Toasty
From Monday to Feb. 23, or two full work weeks, the first two hours of Today have decamped from New York City to a temporary studio in the heart of the coastal venues at the PyeongChang Games, feet away from the curling, hockey and skating competitions.
The space — a glassed-in kind of half-moon stuffed with people and lights — is also open-air, as the Today production is constantly on the move, going inside and out. In South Korea, that means learning to cope with the below-freezing temperatures and at times biting wind.
But don’t worry: Co-anchors Savannah Guthrie (who slipped on a thick, fur-collared coat just before the show) and Kotb kept warm behind their desk with a bank of hidden heaters.
In fact, it could have probably been a little colder on Tuesday night, when temperatures did not dip as low as the week before. Today‘s weather anchor Al Roker joked with PEOPLE that he “feels almost disappointed.”
“I have my Canada Goose and I haven’t been able to wear it yet!” he said.
The wind may have been listening in: Later in the broadcast, after something was apparently blown to the ground with a crash, a crew member called out, “Hey Al, that monitor you’ve …read more