Al Roker from the TODAY show reveals he is in hospital and being treated for blood clots


“TODAY” show meteorologist and host Al Roker revealed Friday that he is in hospital after being admitted last week for a blood clot in his leg and a few in his lungs.

Roker, 68, said that’s why viewers haven’t seen him on the NBC morning show.

“So many of you have thoughtfully asked where I’ve been,” he wrote on his Instagram, along with a photo of a bouquet of flowers and an NBC News weather mug. “Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg that caused some clots to go up into my lungs.”

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Roker says he is getting the medical care he needs and is “on the road to recovery”.

“Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon,” he wrote.

Fellow “TODAY” show anchors commented on his post and wished him well.

“Al Roker – hurry back to us… count the days xoxoxo,” Hoda Kotb noted.

“You are the strongest person we know. We miss you and see you soon!!” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie said with a heart emoji.

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His colleagues also wished him well on Friday morning’s “TODAY” show shortly after he shared the Instagram post.

Kotb and Guthrie said they talked to him and the weatherman is in a good mood.

“It’s hard to slow Al down, but he’s on the mend and on the road to recovery,” said Guthrie. “We love you, Al, we miss you!”

Roker revealed in 2020 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery.

He explained at the time that he wanted to publicly reveal his diagnosis to highlight that 1 in 7 African American men, 1 in 9 men overall, will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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The weatherman took some time off after the diagnosis and came back to the “TODAY” show with a clean bill of health.

“It was a big relief,” Roker told viewers of “TODAY” at the time.

Mirna Alsharif is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

Gina Vivinetto, Jen Long and Scott Stump contributed.

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