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Today fans devastated as Al Roker misses Thanksgiving Day Parade amid weatherman’s scary health battle

Today fans devastated as Al Roker misses Thanksgiving Day Parade amid weatherman’s scary health battle

FANS have shared their devastation as Al Roker misses his first Thanksgiving Day Parade in years.

The beloved weatherman has struggled with health complications over the last couple of weeks.

NBC / InstagramAl was unable to present at the Macy’s Day Parade due to health complications[/caption]

Today showHoda and Savannah took over the hosting duties[/caption]

To the dismay of fans, Al, 68, could not appear alongside his Today Show cast members for the famous parade due to his recent issue with blood clots.


Viewers rushed to Twitter to share their sadness over the missing TV star.

“It’s not a parade without Al Roker,” one wrote with a broken heart emoji.

“Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Al! I hope you’re feeling better soon!” a second gushed.

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A third commented: “Get well Al. Wishing all the best to you and your family.”

“Happy Thanksgiving Al. So grateful your on the path to recovery.All the best to you and your family!” a fourth remarked.

“Was hoping for a surprise appearance from @alroker this morning at #MacysThanksgivingDayParade. Hopefully he’s resting up for an epic return soon,” a fifth admitted.

“Missing u at the parade,” another claimed.


NBC anchor Al Roker has presented the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1995.

He traditionally hosts the festive event alongside Today show co-stars Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.

But, this year, the star did not appear at the New York City parade after he was rushed to hospital with blood clots.

Roker’s health previously sparked fears among fans that he would be forced to watch the Macy’s parade from the sidelines or on TV instead of fronting NBC’s coverage.

It would see his long presenting streak come to an end.

One concerned Twitter user said: “If Al Roker isn’t doing the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade this year, what is even the point of having Thanksgiving at all.”

While others claimed the holiday would have “no meaning” if Roker missed the event.

Sheinelle Jones appeared to hint that Dylan Dreyer could fill in for the anchor in his absence ahead of the parade.


Earlier this month, Roker was mysteriously missing from the morning show for two weeks before it emerged that he had been taken to hospital.

A source close to the anchor told the U.S. Sun that he hadn’t “been feeling well.”

They added: “He’s been off the air for almost two weeks, it’s been an ongoing issue [that] he’s been dealing with. 

“He’s such a wonderful and energetic guy, so it’s hard to remember that he’s 68 years old.”

Roker’s wife Deborah Roberts, 62, told fans that he had been feeling “under the weather” but was “ok”.

In an Instagram post on November 18, Roker revealed that he suffered from blood clots in his leg and lungs.

He said: “So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been.

“Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs.

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“After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery.

“Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.”

NBC / InstagramAl is suffering from blood clots in his legs and lungs[/caption]

GettyHe’s hosted the Macy’s Day Parade since 1995[/caption]

GettyFans have sent their love to the weatherman in his absence[/caption]

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