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Today fans feel relieved after key host returns to the desk after series of absences

Today fans feel relieved after key host returns to the desk after series of absences

THE TODAY Show fans have been filled with relief after key host, Craig Melvin, returned to the desk on Wednesday.

The anchor has been absent from the morning show since Monday, along with previous random absences.

Today showCraig Melvin returned to the desk on Wednesday[/caption]

Today showTom Llamas had filled in for him when he was out this week[/caption]

About thirty minutes into Wednesday’s broadcast, Craig joined Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb at the news desk.

He joked about going to bed and waking up at the same time as Savannah.

The hosts had been covering the Midterm Elections late into the night.

Tom Llamas filled in for Craig at the beginning of the week while he was away.

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Craig had traveled to Kansas City to watch the Chiefs football game with his son, Del.

He also interviewed Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes while there.

Then on Tuesday, Craig and his wife, Lindsay, took some “kid-free time” to celebrate her birthday.

And while he technically appeared on the show via video, he did not return to the desk until Wednesday.


‘MY FAVORITE HUMAN’

Craig posted photos to his Instagram of him and his wife, Lindsay, for her birthday on Tuesday.

“Y’all please join me in wishing the happiest of birthdays to my favorite human @lindsaycz. Amazing wife. Incomparable mother. Loyal friend. She’s the glue that holds it all together. These kidless pics are deliberate. We had so much free time to be carefree,” he captioned the post.

The post was accompanied with three pictures of Craig and Lindsay in multiple locations.

Although he did not specify where they were exactly, it seemed as though Craig took some time off to celebrate his wife.

The couple spent the day with no kids, after he hung out with his son the two days prior.

SERIES OF ABSENCES

Craig wasn’t just absent this week.

Two weeks ago, he was replaced by Sheinelle Jones at the desk for two days, making a historic all-female panel.

The TODAY host later explained that he missed the show that Friday, due to doing his civic duty at Jury Duty.

He shared a picture of his drink from Dunkin Donuts and a copy of the Vaclav Smil book “How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going”.

Melvin tweeted: “Got my book and my java. Ready for some civic responsibility. Jury duty here we come.”

In an Instagram post, he added: “You say Fri-yay! I say jury duty.

“Ready to serve or maybe sent home before lunch??”

A few days before that, the host was on the show, but did not sit at the desk.

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The 43-year-old appeared via video and explained that he was filming a segment for Sunday Night Football.

Craig’s appearance on the show has been sporadic in the last month, with multiple absences.

NBCCraig and his son were in Kansas City to cover the Chiefs game[/caption]

InstagramHe also took some time off to celebrate his wife’s, Lindsay, birthday[/caption]

Today showThe host has had a series of absences throughout the past month[/caption]

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