Fans Are Worried About Al Roker's Absence From The Today Show
Following an unexplained hiatus from The Today Show, fans want answers about beloved weather anchor Al Roker. Amid the speculation, his wife is responding.Roker, who's become nearly synonymous with "Today" as the program's resident weather man and co-anchor of the third hour, first joined the lineup in 1996. As of late, however, Roker has been noticeably absent. According to Decider, Roker's last appearance occurred on November 4, meaning he's been gone nearly two weeks.
Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer stood in for colleague Al Roker at the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City Thursday. © Charles Sykes, Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Dylan Dreyer attends "A Toast to Kathie Lee" the Kathie Lee Gifford farewell party March 26, 2019, in New York.
The NBC News meteorologist and co-host of "Today" helped host NBC's coverage of the parade from the street, conducting interviews with stars including Jake Lacy ("A Friend of the Family" and "White Lotus") while colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb hosted from a post near Macy's flagship in New York's Herald Square.
Al Roker in Recovery After Being Hospitalized For Serious Medical Emergency
The 'Today' show weather anchor gave an update on his health via Instagram on Friday. Al Roker is recovering after a complication with his health landed him in the hospital last week. The 68-year-old weather anchor—who has been noticeably absent from his usual slot on the Today show—took to Instagram on Friday, Nov. 18 to clue his fans in on what's been going on with his health, revealing that he has been in the hospital being treated for blood clots.
At the beginning of the parade, the "Today" team shared that Dreyer, 41, would be filling in for Roker. Roker has been away from the "Today" show after being hospitalized for blood clots.
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'I am so fortunate': Al Roker recovering after being hospitalized for blood clots
Shortly after the parade's start, Dreyer took a call from President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden while they watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade at home like millions of other Americans. They inquired about how Roker was doing and she assured them, he's doing "great."
The longtime meteorologist, 68, announced on Instagram earlier this month that he's been hospitalized for some "medical whack-a-mole" and is now on the mend.
Al Roker, 68, Hospitalized For Blood Clots In Legs And Lungs: ‘On The Way To Recovery’
His cohosts Jenna Bush Hager, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie sent their well wishes.The beloved weatherman shared a photo of a bouquet of flowers placed next to an adorable NBC News Weather coffee mug. He captioned the image, “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 I hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.
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"Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs," he wrote on an Instagram post Friday which included a bouquet of flowers and an NBC mug. "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."
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 on the "Today" show's weather desk since 1996 and has been transparent about medical issues in the past, including his prostate cancer diagnosis in 2020.
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Celebrate Thanksgiving with your favorite TV families, from the Peanuts gang to the Gilmores on "Gilmore Girls" and the Gellars of "Friends." Thanksgiving is November 24 this year, and in honor of the holiday of family, food and gratitude, we rounded up the 20 best Turkey Day TV episodes.
"The Simpsons" Season 2 Episode 7: “Bart vs. Thanksgiving.” The show is famous for its Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes, but it does Thanksgiving well, too, especially in this early entry. Bart makes everyone angry and there’s a rather rude Turkey dance. (Disney+)
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer fills in for Al Roker at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Fears grow for Al Roker as it's revealed he was rushed BACK to hospital .
Al Roker was rushed back to the hospital just one day after missing out on NBC's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage.The beloved weatherman, 68, had been released from the hospital on Thursday — just in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with his family — but was then rushed back to an Uptown Manhattan hospital on Friday.