Al Roker is back home after being in and out of the hospital over the past month.
“Today” show co-anchor Hoda Kotb announced on Dec. 1 that Roker was readmitted to the hospital after complications from an earlier visit in November. The “Today” show weatherman experienced blood clots that traveled to his lungs. He initially returned home on Thanksgiving Day but went back in days later.
Roker announced Thursday night he was back home, again.
“Home! So incredibly grateful to family, friends, medical folks, @todayshow family and all your thoughts and prayers,” he wrote on Instagram.
The “Today” show anchors also announced the “great, great” news on Friday’s show while playing his favorite song: “The A-Team” theme song.
“He shared the announcement last night on Instagram,” Savannah Guthrie said. “It’s been a long road.”
Carson Daly joked that he texted Roker a picture of his empty office saying, “Al, you gotta come back this is turning into Hoda’s third closet.”
“We want him to take his time to feel good,” Guthrie said. “He’ll be back soon.”
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Roker’s medical scare led him to miss hosting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 24, making it his first absence for the staple event in 26 years. NBC meteorologist Dylan Dreyer filled in for him.
Blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis, commonly occur in the leg but can also develop in the arm, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Part of the clot, called an embolus, can break off and travel to the lungs,” which can cut off blood flow to the lungs.
Roker has sat at the “Today” show weather desk since 1996 and has been transparent about medical issues in the past.
In 2020, Roker went public with his prostate cancer diagnosis in order to spotlight the number of men who are diagnosed with the disease.
“If you detect it early, this is a really treatable disease. And it’s why I wanted to take you along my journey, so we can all learn together how to educate and protect the men in our lives.” he said. “I don’t want people thinking, ‘Oh, poor Al,’ you know, because I’m gonna be OK.”
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Morgan Hines
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