Viewers of The Today Show were confused when Al Roker did not appear for two weeks.
He has since cleared up the mystery around his absence, explaining he was hospitalized after a blood clot in his leg sent clots to his lungs.
And now there’s a new update…
The beloved weatherman probably scared many people when he didn’t appear on The Today Show for several weeks.
Some people feared it could be related to the health issues Al was suffering from a few years back. In 2020, Al was battling prostate cancer and underwent surgery to remove his prostate.
But it wasn’t cancer that had come back. Instead, the widely respected weather anchor shared some other sad news.
On Nov. 18, 2022, Al addressed his disappearance from the daily show with a post on Instagram. The popular anchor and weatherman revealed his health scare alongside a picture of a bouquet of flowers.
The caption read:
“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been. Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs.
“After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.”
His presence was especially missed during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was the first parade he had missed in 27 years.
However, it was still a special day for Roker as he was released from the hospital just in time to enjoy a bit of the parade and Thanksgiving dinner.
Unfortunately, his time at home was short-lived. Roker was forced to return to the hospital after the holiday, where he spent the past few weeks.
His second hospital stay also had another devastating effect on Al – it caused him to miss his hosting duties for the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center.
“Listen, it’s been a tough slog. I’m not going to deny this,” he said on December 12 during a video appearance on TODAY.
“It’s been the hardest one yet, and you know I’ve had my share of surgeries. It gives you a profound sense of gratitude for this outpouring of prayers and thanks. I’m a very fortunate person.”
Roker also opened up about his sickly look and why he didn’t plan on returning to his weatherman duties just yet.
“You lose a certain amount of muscle mass for every week you’re in the hospital, and I was in the hospital for four weeks,” he said. “It’s just a certain amount of weakness. I’m doing physical therapy every day, occupational therapy. I’ve got to just get my strength back.”
Despite his health issues, he tried to calm people and said, ”I feel good, I feel strong, and every day I feel a little bit better.”
Fans across the country have continued to send prayers and well wishes to Al and last week, his TODAY family took it upon themselves to brighten his day by surprising him at home with their own rendition of “Jingle Bells” and a special version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”