‘Today’ show’s Al Roker back in hospital after blood clots

Al Roker is back in hospital “due to some complications” after suffering a blood clot last month.

The famous weatherman was absent from NBC’s Today show in New York on Thursday, where co-host Hoda Kotb updated viewers on his condition. The announcement came shortly after Roker missed this year’s tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.

“It was wonderful hosting the celebration, but of course we all wished Al could have been with us,” Kotb said. “He is in very good care. He is resting and his doctors are keeping an eye on him. Al and his family want everyone to know how grateful they are for all the love, support and well wishes.”

“See you back here soon my friend,” added co-host Craig Melvin.

During a commercial break on Wednesday’s tree lighting show, Melvin and Kotb FaceTimed their longtime pal and colleague, who gave them “a big thumbs up” while tuning in to the televised event from his hospital room.

“He seemed good,” Kotb said during Thursday’s show. “It was great to see him.”

On Nov. 18, Roker announced he was “on the road to recovery” after being hospitalized for blood clots in his leg and lung. Due to his medical issues, the TV personality was unable to co-host the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 27 years.

“After some medical strokes I am so fortunate to be receiving excellent medical care,” Roker wrote on Instagram at the time. “Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon.”

Roker, who has long been open about his health to Today viewers, was discharged from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day and managed to catch “a little bit” of the parade on television when he returned home.

“This is my version of the Thanksgiving Day Parade preparing to leave the hospital,” Roker said in a video posted to Instagram. “Time to blast that taco stand. woo hoo!”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-12-01/al-roker-hospital-hospitalized-blood-clots-today-show ‘Today’ show’s Al Roker back in hospital after blood clots

Sarah Ridley

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