Al Roker will return to NBC’s “Today” present this week after a months-long medical hiatus.
The morning information program introduced Tuesday that Roker, 68, might be again within the studio at Rockefeller Plaza on Friday. The veteran weatherman has been out and in of the hospital since mid-November whereas receiving remedy for blood clots.
Roker — who has lengthy been open about his well being struggles — appeared just about on “Today” final month to replace viewers on his situation, calling his current time within the hospital “a tough slog.”
“I’m not gonna deny this. This has been the hardest [hospitalization] yet and you know I’ve had my share of surgeries,” the newscaster mentioned through video. “But it gives you a profound sense of gratitude for this outpouring of prayers and thanks. I’m a very fortunate person.”
In November, Roker was admitted to the hospital for blood clots in his leg and lungs. He briefly returned residence round Thanksgiving earlier than touchdown within the hospital once more “due to some complications.”
Roker confirmed Dec. 8 through social media that he had been launched from the hospital and has since been busy celebrating the vacations along with his household, in response to his Instagram feed.
“I’ve missed you all so, so very much, all these faces,” Roker mentioned final month on the “Today” present. “It just means the world to me and to our family and my [wife], Deborah, who’s just been my rock. I thank you so much. I really appreciated it.”
His historical past of operations contains two knee replacements, gastric bypass, hip alternative, surgical procedures for carpal tunnel and again points, plus a prostate cancer-related process in November 2020.