Al Roker’s “Today” present co-anchors celebrated his homecoming Friday after his current hospitalization for blood clots.
The veteran weatherman, who returned residence Thursday, bought an on-air shoutout from Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb throughout Friday’s NBC broadcast. Fellow hosts Carson Daly, Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer joined them to toast his discharge after a number of hospitalizations in current weeks.
“We’ve been waiting to say this,” Kotb mentioned, sharing the “great, great news” about Roker.
“By the way, we’re playing his song,” Guthrie added because the theme to the Nineteen Eighties TV collection “The A-Team” performed. Guthrie mentioned the “Today” workforce hears it coming from his workplace “every morning.”
“So we’re playing it for you, Al, this morning. Yes, turn it up!” Guthrie mentioned.
Roker, 68, fortunately posted about his return residence Thursday, sharing pictures together with his household on Instagram.
“Home! So incredibly grateful to family, friends, medical folks, @todayshow family and all your thoughts and prayers,” he wrote.
Final Thursday, Roker mentioned he was again within the hospital “due to some complications” after experiencing a blood clot scare final month. The announcement got here shortly after the morning TV star missed this 12 months’s tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Heart. He additionally missed internet hosting the Nov. 24 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the primary time in practically three many years after being hospitalized for blood clots in his leg and lungs. (Meteorologist Dreyer crammed in for him.)
On Friday’s present, Daly mentioned he had been texting with Roker after noticing Kotb was taking up the weatherman’s workplace.
“I sent him a picture yesterday. I walked by his office here. And I wrote him a text. I said, ‘Al, you gotta come back because this is turning into Hoda’s third closet.’ Because there are racks of clothes in there,” he joked.
Kotb laughed it off and mentioned that Roker additionally despatched her Daly’s image and mentioned one thing alongside the strains of, “Oh, my work wife is now taking over my closet.”
“I love that he is joking in texts,” Dreyer added.
Guthrie mentioned it’s been “a long road” for Roker however assured audiences that he’ll “be back soon.” She additionally famous that viewers and followers who line up exterior 30 Rockefeller Plaza every morning had been asking about him.
“We have so many signs, like, ‘We miss you, Al,’ ‘We love you, Al’” Guthrie mentioned. “We feel the same and he’ll be back soon. We want him to take his time and feel good, which he will. But we love him and he’ll be back soon.”
Roker, who has served as “Today’s” climate presenter since 1996, has been open about his well being struggles prior to now, sharing in 2020 that he had been recognized with prostate most cancers.