Prayers and well wishes are in order for legendary weather forecaster and television personality Al Roker, who recently revealed his significant absence from popular morning show TODAY was caused by an “ongoing health issue”.
The 68-year-old pop culture personality broke free on Friday afternoon, November 18, revealing he was in a hospital. He shared the news on his Instagram page, where he shared a photo of a beautiful floral arrangement sent by his colleagues on the NBC network.
“So many of you have thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” the New York native wrote, before revealing, “Last week I was hospitalized with a blood clot in my leg, which sent some clots to my lungs.” The media personality joked, “After some medical strokes, I’m so lucky to have excellent medical care and be on the road to recovery.”
He ended his post with, “Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers” and an optimistic view of his future, writing, “Hope to see you soon. Have a nice Weekend.”
The memo comes after his wife, “Good Morning America” host Deborah Roberts, gave an update to a fan late last week who was asking about the weatherman’s whereabouts. At the time, she only shared, “He’s a little under the weather but ok.”
Fans flooded the reporter’s comments section with heartfelt messages for a speedy recovery, including one viewer who wrote, “Get well soon, miss you on the Today show.” Another person added, “You were noticeably missed. Get well soon. This is serious business.”
Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer has filled in for Roker while he recovers. She and hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb sent congratulations to their colleague on Friday’s show and responded to his health update, with Kotb writing, “Al Roker — hurry back to us…counting the days xoxoxo.”
Co-star Craig Melvin echoed the comment, telling Roker, “Love you bro…can’t wait to have you back!”
The Sun reported that an anonymous insider claimed: ‘He hasn’t been on the air for almost two weeks; It was an ongoing issue that he dealt with,” before noting, “He’s such a wonderful and energetic guy so it’s hard to remember that he’s 68 years old.”
In September 2020, Roker announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be undergoing surgery. Thankfully, doctors caught it early, but Roker admitted it was “a little aggressive.”
He has made raising awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection, especially for black men, a priority of his career. In 2019, he teamed up with Melvin and the New Jersey Devils for a public service announcement about prostate health. In 2013, Roker underwent a live prostate exam on the show.
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