Al Roker returns to the “Today” show after being hospitalized for a blood clot

Al Roker returned to the “Today” show on Friday after being away from the show for two months due to health problems. The beloved weatherman was hospitalized for a blood clot in his lungs and legs.

His co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb welcomed him back as the broadcast began.

“I’m sorry, but the tears are already flowing,” Guthrie said. “Al Roker is back.”

“To say we’ve missed you doesn’t even begin to describe it,” she added. “There is nothing without you here.”

After Roker came out and hugged his colleagues, he expressed what it meant to him to be back.

“I’ve missed you guys so much. You guys are like my second family and it’s just great to be back wearing pants,” he joked.

Roker provided weather reports, and later during the show, he and his wife, ABC News correspondent and anchor Deborah Roberts, discussed recovery. Roberts said Roker is a “living, breathing miracle” and that he had been a “very, very sick man.”

“He was a medical mystery for a couple of weeks,” Roberts said. “It was the most tumultuous, terrifying journey we’ve ever been on.”

Roker, who looks visibly thinner, said doctors performed several surgeries on him while trying to find the clots.

“I went in for one operation, I got four for free,” he snapped. “I made it work for me.”

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Al Roker on the set of NBC’s “Today” show on Jan. 6, 2023, in New York City.

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The 68-year-old said in mid-November he was admitted to hospital with a blood clot in his leg that sent blood clots into his lungs. He was released shortly before Thanksgiving, but was later readmitted due to complications.

It was the first Thanksgiving in 27 years that Roker was not part of the network’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He was also not present at the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas lighting in December.

Roker has had a number of medical problems in the past. Two years ago he announced that he needed surgery for prostate cancer. He has also had operations to fix problems with his hip and knees.

Known for his cheerful demeanor, Roker has been a fixture at NBC for decades and has worked in broadcasting since the mid-1970s.

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