Molly Ringwald Celebrates National Wildlife Week on Today Show

Actress Molly Ringwald guest-hosted the fourth hour of The Today Show this morning with Hoda Kotb. I grew up in the ’80s watching her in films such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, so when I found out that I’d be on the show for my monthly appearance on the same day as Molly, let’s just say I was very excited.

I was on the show to promote the 75th annual National Wildlife Week, and I have to say, I was so impressed by Molly when she was immediately able to identify a pretty obscure animal called a binturong (or “bearcat”) that I brought out for the pre-segment tease.

I asked her how she knew what it was, and she told me that her kids are big animal lovers, and through them she’s learned about a lot of different species. Given that National Wildlife Week is about connecting kids to nature and teaching them about wildlife, I just thought that was the coolest thing ever (and yes, I’ll be sending Molly a package of Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. magazines for her kids).

Watch the full segment:
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Today Show host Hoda Kotb, NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski, and Actress Molly Ringwald