NEW YORK (CBS) The "Today" show's legendary book and film critic Gene Shalit retired today from his "Critics Corner," a place where he became a star in his own right.
The show's cast paid homage to Shalit, 84, in a touching montage that even he wouldn't be able to critique.
All the networks had a soft spot for Shalit, who is instantly recognizable with his big mustache, goofy glasses and a wild hairdo. But there's more to Shalit than his wacky look; he's a veteran journalist as well.
"It was always magical for me to see Gene on the screen," said CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. "I think Gene was a master at doing celebrity interviews. He interviewed Sophia Loren and you could tell he was completed mesmerized by her."
Well, the public was smitten with Shalit, too. "This man has one of the greatest looks that can't be duplicated," said "Today" cast member Al Roker.Watch the show's tribute to Gene Shalit: