Al Roker reveals hospitalization as reason for absence from ‘Today’ show

Al Roker
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After eagle-eyed viewers began to ask why “Today” meteorologist Al Roker had been absent from the NBC morning show recently, Roker addressed their concerns and revealed that he was hospitalized last week.

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Roker shared in an Instagram post Friday that he was “admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs” the previous week. He continued, saying that while there was “some medical whack-a-mole” he feels “so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care.”

Roker, 68, also said that he is “on the way to recovery.” His “Today” cohost Savannah Guthrie shared on the program that “he’s in good spirits,” while Carson Daly said “we need him back.”

In May, Roker completed the Brooklyn half marathon and broke his personal record. Despite record-high temperatures during the New York City race, Roker power-walked the course at a pace of 15 minutes and 14 seconds per mile, completing 13.1 miles in three hours and 19 minutes.

He noted that while he didn’t set “any land speed records” his time “was faster than any of my training walks. I don’t know if it was the adrenaline of being with people… it just had everything going for it. It couldn’t have worked out better.”

“There is a sense of accomplishment, it’s like ‘wow, this is something 22,000 people did. Not everybody can do it,’” shared Roker. “And you do feel like ‘oh, ok, I did that!’”

Roker, who famously began a healthier lifestyle journey in 2002 and lost 100 pounds, has said that while he would eventually like to run the New York City marathon, for now he’d rather walk. “No shade to people who run,” he started before pointing out that he’s had “two knee replacements, I’ve got a hip replacement. Walking is a lot easier… I just enjoy it. It’s great for me, a great activity, because it gives me a chance to kind of decompress.”

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