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Man in the Today Show audience

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:16 AM
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Has anyone else noticed this man in the Today Show audience. When Al, Meredith, & Matt are standing outside this guy is always out there. Just standing there looking at the camera. I see him everytime I watch it. Either the camera passes over him when there's shots of the audience being taken or like today, he was standing directly behind Al, Meredith & Matt. He handed Meredith something today, look like a piece of candy maybe. Every time the camera has passed by him he just stands there, doesn't wave or smile..nothing. It's kinda creepy. He alwas has on a black coat (leather, I think), sunglasses & a hat.
Just wondering if anyone else has noticed him..


-apriL

{♥}wife to Louis -27-
{♥}mommy to Ashton -3-
{♥}step-mommy to Dakota -2-

by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:16 AM
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Amanda2000
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:18 AM
nope but i will watch and see. I watch it every morning.
evanchase
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:18 AM
that is funny that you posted this.  I see that guy all of the time and wonder why in the world is he always in the audience and yes it does seem kind of creepy!
cmlaurias
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:19 AM
There are two guys that are usually always in the audience. The Today show hosts always talk to both of them and acknowledge them regularly. I haven't seen the other guy lately, he looks like Einstein. Anyhow, they always call the guys by their first names & chat with them. I've seen them give him a b-day cake before and pull him inside when it's snowy.  LOL

Christina
Kimberly219
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:21 AM
His name is Lenny and has been on the show forever.  I went to New York last year and met him.  Really nice guy!!
Luckyx
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:24 AM

Quoting Kimberly219:

His name is Lenny and has been on the show forever.  I went to New York last year and met him.  Really nice guy!!
Does he kind of put you in mind of Samuel L. Jackson?? So does he work there or is he just a regular audience member?


-apriL

{♥}wife to Louis -27-
{♥}mommy to Ashton -3-
{♥}step-mommy to Dakota -2-

meltf928
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:25 AM
Yep, good ole Lenny!  He actually did a short segment on the show a while back.  I always look for him.  I haven't seen The Colonel lately.  I can't remember his real name but he reminds me of Colonel Sanders.
Luckyx
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:25 AM

Quoting evanchase:

that is funny that you posted this.  I see that guy all of the time and wonder why in the world is he always in the audience and yes it does seem kind of creepy!
Thank God! Everytime I see him I'm like, "Is anyone else seeing this?!!!" lol


-apriL

{♥}wife to Louis -27-
{♥}mommy to Ashton -3-
{♥}step-mommy to Dakota -2-

misericordia03
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:27 AM
Yup, lenny's always there...rain or shine...i guess its the ritual of his life and what ever gathers him a little enjoyment every day.  Heck think of how many celebs this man has seen...LOL.

Your bad day disappears when you catch a glimpse of you child's smile.

Luckyx
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:29 AM

I think this is him! He's dressed different here, since it appears to be warmer out. I just googled "Lenny today show audience"

-apriL

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Luckyx
by on Nov. 9, 2007 at 9:30 AM
Published: May 31, 2006

His name is Linny Boyette, and to die-hard fans of the "Today" show he is almost as familiar and beloved a face as Katie, Matt, Ann and Al. That is because Mr. Boyette, arguably the show's ultimate fan, has been standing in the audience outside the NBC Midtown studio every day for nearly 12 years, except Sundays and the rare sick day. Unlike the throngs of shrieking, overcaffeinated, poster-waving tourists who surround him daily, jockeying for air time, Mr. Boyette, 63, is a quiet, unassuming man

But his presence at "Today" has been greatly felt. "Every day there's a sea of faces from all over the country and in fact the world," said Katie Couric, who ends her 15-year career at the morning show today, in an e-mail message. "It's been great seeing his familiar face every morning. We usually high-five each other."

Mr. Boyette and Ms. Couric did not always have the best relationship, however. "She was a bit nervous about me in the beginning," he said. "Who is this nonchalant guy? He never has a sign. He's never screaming." He was eventually introduced to her and assured her that he was not a stalker. He has since met members of her family.

"I've met all their families," he said, breezily rattling off the names of the cast members' spouses and children. He, meanwhile, is a childless bachelor. "No wife," he said, "no kids, no stress."

Mr. Boyette said he was particularly fond of Ann Curry, the show's news reader, and that he was saddened when she was passed over for Ms. Couric's spot. "She is an absolutely wonderful person, always has warm greetings," he said of Ms. Curry. "She would have been great." He knows little about the woman who was named to replace Ms. Couric, Meredith Vieira, but said his sister, a fan of Ms. Vieira's show, "The View," loves her. Mr. Boyette remained noncommittal: "We'll see."

He begins his day at 3:30 a.m. with a shower and a shave. By 4:40 Mr. Boyette, who lives in the Bronx, is off to the train. He usually arrives in Midtown an hour later, and after a quick cup of tea, he heads over to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where "Today" is taped. "I can't wait to get here," he said one morning late last week. "It's like therapy for me."

Born in Jamaica and raised in both New York and London, Mr. Boyette, who is a retired United States Army man, speaks in a deep British accent, peppering his conversation with words like "bloke" and "telly."

Dressed that morning in jeans and a loose-fitting shirt, a straw hat and his signature oversize glasses, he had just finished watching Jimmy Buffett whip the crowd into a frenzy with the song "Margaritaville." As he exited, some in the crowd stopped to chat with him. It was nothing new for Mr. Boyette, who is regularly asked to sign autographs or pose for pictures. Some of his admirers have even taken him hats and T-shirts from their hometowns, he said.

Diana Jones and Vondell Cook — both from San Diego and dressed in matching yellow and white ensembles — did not come bearing gifts, but they were eager for photos with Mr. Boyette. "I always look for you in the crowd," said Ms. Cook, smiling brightly.

Ms. Jones wanted to know where he usually stands. "Anywhere I want to," he replied, only half-jokingly.

Being the show's "fifth personality" has its privileges, Mr. Boyette said. He never has to wait in line for prime viewing of the action, and he's often invited into the studio for coffee or tea, though he prefers to remain perched outside, behind the metal railing, he said.

"It's quite busy in there, quite maddening, and I don't want to get in their way," he said. Over the course of the interview, which took place at the plaza, several "Today" crew members and security guards stopped to shake his hand or pat him on the back.

"He's a man of few words, but he's always smiling," said Franco Coello, a crew member. "We all love him."

While in the Army, Mr. Boyette said, he visited many trouble spots, but it's the gruesome memories of Vietnam, where he worked in a hospital recovery room, that still haunt him. "People you would see at 8 o'clock in the morning would come back in body bags," he said quietly. Going to "Today" helps keep his mind away from such thoughts, he said.

Mr. Boyette was first drawn to the show's summer concert series. After seeing Al Green years ago, he was hooked, he said. Last year he missed three days because of the transit strike and "I was out of my head, all out of sorts," he said. In 2001 a collapsed lung landed him in the hospital for 35 days. When he returned to the plaza, he said, the "Today" gang had a special chair and an envelope filled with donation money waiting for him. "I thought I was dreaming," he said, still a bit incredulous. "I still have the chair at home."

Over the years some people have tried to discourage Mr. Boyette from his daily "Today" visits, he said. "My sister thinks I'm a bit mental," he admitted. "She can't believe I come down here in the winter."

But he's glad he's ignored the naysayers. "The show has been wonderful for me," he said. "Most of my friends are dead or divorced, and I'm still standing."



-apriL

{♥}wife to Louis -27-
{♥}mommy to Ashton -3-
{♥}step-mommy to Dakota -2-

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