Theo Wargo/Getty Al Roker
al roker is back today It’s been two months since he was taken to the hospital with blood clots in his legs and lungs, and he’s back in the studio.
Anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin announced some exciting news on Tuesday’s episode of The NBC Morning Show.
“I have great news to share this morning: Al is returning to the show,” Guthrie, 51, said.
“Everybody’s like, ‘When?’ Well, we have a date,” added Kotb, 58. can’t wait for that. “
After Melvin, 43, praised the reunion and everyone “getting back together”, Guthrie said the show “wouldn’t be the same without Al”, adding, “Our sunshine will be on Friday morning.” I’m back,” he added sweetly.
Roker, 68, today As the show’s premier weathercaster since 1996, he previously appeared as a substitute weathercaster from 1990 to 1995, replacing the late Willard Scott before his semi-retirement.
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TV personalities are absent today For several weeks, he made his last appearance on the November 4th broadcast. He was initially hospitalized, discharged several weeks later, and returned to the facility after Thanksgiving.
Due to his health problems, he missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (first in 27 years) and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. However, on Dec. 8, he shared on his Instagram that he was out of the hospital again.
Since then Guthrie, Cott Melvin and their today Colleagues have been steadily providing updates on locker recovery. They included a sweet shout out to him in their 2022 digital holiday card and surprised Roker with Christmas carol songs at his home.
He also updated his fans on Instagram about his recovery, today Check in his status.
“It’s been a lot of work,” Roker said on December 12th. I am deeply grateful for such prayers and thanksgiving. I am a very lucky person. “
Al Roker/Instagram Deborah Roberts and Al Roker
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At home, Roker was surrounded by his family when he returned from college, including wife Deborah Roberts, daughters Courtney, 35, Leila, 24, and son Nick, 20.
All with solid Roker support. “I feel great, I’m fine, and every day I feel a little better,” he said, thanking the medical team at New York Presbyterian Hospital, including his doctors and “all the wonderful nurses.” Did.
But the recovery is slow, says Roker. “You lose a certain amount of muscle mass every week while you’re in the hospital. I think he’s been in the hospital for four weeks, so it’s kind of debilitating,” said Roker, who underwent physical and occupational therapy. He added that there are. every day. “I just have to get my strength back. In the meantime, I was thinking of replacing my knee in January, so I have to push it back. So I have a lot of problems.
“I think it’s going to be a bit of a chore, but a lot of people have to do more with less,” says Roker. “I am very lucky. I am very blessed to have these resources.”
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It’s unclear if Roker will return full-time today After Friday’s show. Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer stands in for Roker during his absence.
Here’s what’s clear: today Viewers will be happy to see him. Since his absence, many people line up outside his plaza at 30 Rockefeller every morning to see the show, holding signs wishing him good luck.
“There are so many signs, like ‘I miss you Al’ and ‘I love you Al,'” Guthrie said in December. We want him to take his time and feel better…but we love him.He’ll be right back.”
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