TODAY’S Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie have updated fans on Al Roker’s health amid his absence on the show.
Today showHoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie shared an update on Al Roker’s health amid his absence from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade[/caption]
GettyAl is currently recovering after being hospitalized for a blood clot earlier this month[/caption]
However, this holiday, Al was forced to skip his parade duties due to an unexpected medical episode he suffered earlier this month.
“For the past 27 parades, at this moment, Savannah, we would turn to Al Roker, who’s our Today Show colleague and our best pal,” Hoda reflected on her co-host.
The pair then gave viewers an update on how Al’s been fairing since he was hospitalized for a dangerous blood clot.
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“But as a lot of you have heard, Al’s recovering, and he’s recovering very well from a recent medical issue. We just want to say we love you, Al. Wonder if you’re watching, but we wish you a full recovery,” she continued.
Savannah chimed in with a sweet message for the Today Show veteran: “We love you, Al. We’ll see you next year.”
In the meantime, NBC news correspondent Kristen Dahlgren filled in for Al on the parade route.
Fans were unsure if the 68-year-old would be in front of the camera Thanksgiving morning as Today Show bosses hadn’t confirmed his appearance.
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His co-star Sheinelle Jones appeared to hint that Dylan Dreyer could take over for the anchor, though it appears Kristen swooped in for the job.
Earlier this month, Roker was mysteriously absent 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 said 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.
“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.”
Fans and friends sent Roker their good wishes as they called on the host to make a speedy recovery.
Guthrie commented: “You’re the strongest person we know. We miss you and will see you soon!!”
Kotb also wrote: “Al Roker– hurry back to us… counting the days xoxoxo.”
Craig Melvin said: “Love you brother… can’t wait to have you back.”
Jenna Bush Hager penned: “Love you Al! Hurry home. You are missed and loved beyond nature.”
And Carson Daly said: “We need him back. He inspires me every day because when I wake up I see him on his treadmill.
“He’s walking here to work. I’m like ‘All right, now I got to exercise.”
Weeks before being hospitalized, the anchor revealed how much he was looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday.
He said he was looking forward to reuniting with his son Nick, 19, who is at college.
Roker told Hello: “This Thanksgiving will be a little sweeter because Nick has been away from home for college and I know he’s looking forward to some home cooking and hanging out with his family.
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“And we are looking forward to hanging out with him.”
The anchor said he hoped to front the parade’s coverage before enjoying the rest of the day with the family.
TodaySavannah and Hoda said Al is ‘recovering well’ though he is missed at the festivities[/caption]
GettyThis year was the first Thanksgiving that Al has not reported on the parade route in 27 years[/caption]
Instagram/Al RokerAl recently shared his excitement for Thanksgiving to spend time with his family following the parade[/caption]