Al Roker Shocks Co-Hosts With Surprise Return To TODAY

Photo from Al Roker’s Instagram

Al Roker Shocks Co-Hosts With Surprise Return To TODAY

By Movieguide® Contributor

TODAY anchor Al Roker recently made a surprise return to Studio 1A after missing shows during his recovery from knee surgery. 

Roker has been off the air for weeks, taking it easy at home after his total knee replacement surgery. However, it looks like the morning show star is just as anxious to be back at TODAY as his fans are!

During a segment on a recent episode, Roker shocked co-hosts Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer, and Sheinelle Jones by suddenly appearing in the studio with a loud laugh. All three were quick to give Roker big hugs. 

“Al Roker, he just shocked us with a little surprise pop-in,” Melvin announced. “We weren’t expecting that — clearly.”

Roker talked more about his procedure on another episode of TODAY, telling his co-hosts, “I’m going to be honest. I’ve had a number of body replacements. It’s not a big surprise, [but] this one has been the toughest one yet.”

He will be returning to the TODAY show sometime next week. 

This hasn’t been Roker’s only recent absence from TODAY. Movieguide® previously reported:

Al Roker revealed more details surrounding his 2022 health struggles, including the moment he knew something was very wrong. 

Roker was hospitalized last November due to blood clots and was off the air for two months. Movieguide® previously reported:

Al Roker is updating fans on his health after many noticed he has been absent from the morning show for the last two weeks. 

In a recent Instagram post, Roker let fans know about the serious health issue he has been dealing with. 

“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” he wrote. “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.”

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

The meteorologist is now opening up about the scary details surrounding his serious medical issue. 

The problems began in November, when Roker woke up in the middle of the night with severe stomach pain. An internist ran scans that showed he had blood clots in his lungs that had traveled there from his legs. 

He was hospitalized for treatment when doctors discovered he was also bleeding internally. Roker was treated and doctors stabilized him. He was sent home in time for Thanksgiving. However, just a few days later, he felt faint and was rushed back to the hospital. 

Roker was still bleeding internally and the doctors were unsure where the blood was coming from. After weeks of tests, they discovered a perforation in his small intestine. The doctors repaired the tear and Roker has since made a full recovery. 

“I’m blessed to be alive,” Roker said of his health battle. 

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