Al Roker explains why he’s been MIA on ‘Today’: Blood clots

Al Roker says he is “on the road to recovery” after being hospitalized with a blood clot.

The Today weatherman shared the information in social media posts on Friday, captioning a photo of a bedside flower arrangement with an NBC News Weather mug.

“So many of you have thoughtfully asked where I have been. Last week I was taken to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg that sent some clots to my lungs,” he wrote on Instagram, explaining why he wasn’t on the show.

Roker usually does the daily weather and hosts the third hour of the morning show along with Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin and Dylan Dreyer. Jacob Soboroff was Roker’s second-in-command in that third hour.

“After a few medical strokes,” Roker continued, “I am extremely fortunate to have received excellent medical care and am on the road to recovery. Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a nice Weekend.”

Roker’s note aired Friday morning, and Savannah Guthrie laid it out for viewers to read.

“He’s in good spirits. We’ve all spoken to him,” Guthrie said, and host Hoda Kotb chimed in, “Yeah, he’s in great spirits.”

Carson Daly said Roker needs to get back to work soon because it’s Daly’s “inspiration” to see the weatherman on his treadmill every morning.

Roker was candid about his medical record on the show. In 2002, he shared his journey with his gastric bypass to lose weight.

And he’s shared a string of health issues since the turn of the century, including two knee replacement surgeries, one hip replacement surgery, one carpal tunnel surgery and one back surgery. In 2020 he was treated for prostate cancer.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-11-18/al-roker-blood-clots-legs-lungs Al Roker explains why he’s been MIA on ‘Today’: Blood clots

Sarah Ridley

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