In a week that has seen Sesame Street's beloved Elmo become a viral sensation, a surprising on-air feud with Larry David added yet another twist to the puppet's eventful journey. The incident unfolded on the Today show, February 1, where Larry David, the acclaimed 76-year-old Curb Your Enthusiasm star, was scheduled to appear alongside Elmo.
As David made his way to the stage, he startlingly grabbed and jostled Elmo's face, leaving hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Craig Melvin visibly taken aback. Following this unexpected encounter, David attempted to walk away, but was stopped by Elmo's heartfelt plea.
"Mr. Larry, wait! Elmo loved you before!” Elmo exclaimed. “Let's talk about how you’re feeling." Off-camera, David's remark, “Somebody had to do it!” added a layer of humor to the already unusual situation.
David Apologizes to Elmo
As David settled on the opposite side of the studio, weatherman Al Roker found himself inadvertently embroiled in the drama, struggling to maintain composure during his report. The situation reached a resolution when Kotb, 59, and Guthrie, 52, prompted David to offer an apology to Elmo.
Despite David's initial reluctance and quips about speaking from the heart, he eventually extended a sincere apology, albeit with a chuckle. Elmo graciously accepted the apology, though David, seated far away, missed his response.
"Elmo accepts your apology!" the puppet had to shout across the room. David's response, a playful imitation of Elmo's distinctive voice, added a light-hearted note to the apology. Guthrie then playfully chided David, contrasting his behavior with Elmo's endearing nature.
This appearance followed Elmo's recent social media interaction, where he had asked his followers about their emotional well-being. The response was overwhelming, with many sharing their struggles and expressing gratitude for Elmo's concern.
Reacting to this, Elmo acknowledged the importance of checking in on friends, promising to do so again soon. The viral reach of Elmo's tweet has led Sesame Street to initiate an emotional well-being campaign, providing valuable mental health resources for families.
This initiative underscores the show's commitment to addressing complex issues in a way that resonates with both children and adults. As for Larry David and Elmo's unusual encounter, it's a testament to the unpredictable, yet often heartwarming moments that live television can bring.