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Man Climbs Barrier, Frightens ‘Today Show’ Hosts

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Meredith Vieira attends the 20th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on October 27, 2010 in New York City. (credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Meredith Vieira attends the 20th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on October 27, 2010 in New York City. (credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK  (CBSNewYork) — The hosts of NBC’s “Today Show” got a chill Tuesday morning, but not from the bitter cold.

Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Willie Geist were at Rockefeller Center when a man crossed the barricade and approached the trio while yelling loudly. A clearly alarmed Vieira was heard on camera shouting “Jesus,” while others said to “get out the way.”

“We’re certainly awake now,” Vieira joked in the studio later.

The man said “I’ve got God’s gift to music,” recounted Roker.

Viewers didn’t get to see the incident as it was happening. The show was broadcasting video of Rachelle Friedman, a woman who was paralyzed from her chest down at her bachelorette party, at the time of the scare.

Watch video of the incident here.

“Well we’re very lucky that we have great security here that’s on hand every day, and also the New York Police Department. So they were able to get him down on the ground very quickly. And hopefully everything’s fine now,” Vieira added.

According to the New York Post, a 33-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested soon after.

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