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Al Roker is on the mend after a medical condition sent him to the hospital.
The Today The weather anchor — who has been absent from the NBC morning show for two weeks — gave an update on his whereabouts Friday morning, revealing in an Instagram post that he is receiving medical treatment for blood clots.
“So many of you thoughtfully asked where I was,” the 68-year-old rocker wrote, captioning a photo of a bouquet of flowers. “Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg that sent clots to my lungs.”
“After some medical moles, I am so lucky to be receiving excellent medical care and on the road to recovery,” he added.
Roker concluded, “Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.”
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Roker was key Today as the program’s original weather anchor since 1996, although he appeared as a substitute meteorologist from 1990 to 1995, filling in for the late Willard Scott before his retirement.
He was last absent from the show in late September after testing positive for COVID-19.
While Roker was dealing with his health issues, Dylan Dreyer was paying him Today. She and co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Carson Daly sent well wishes to their colleague on Friday’s show.
“He’s in good spirits, we’ve all spoken to him,” Guthrie, 50, told co-host Kotb, 58, adding: “He’s in large spirits.”
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“Not that you need us to tell you how incredible Al is, but the first time I called him he immediately said, ‘Hey Dully Deal, how are the boys?’ ” Kotb added, noting his positivity and interest in her family even in a moment of personal concern: “How are you going to ask about the kids? That’s classic Al.”
Daly, 49, went on to note how Rocker is known for sharing videos of his workouts every morning.
“We need him back,” Daly said. “He inspires me every day because when I wake up I see him in his hallway. He walks here to work. I’m like, ‘Okay, now I have to exercise.'”
“It’s hard to slow Al down, but he’s on the mend and on the road to recovery,” Guthrie added. “I don’t know if he watches this show but we love you Al. We miss you”.