Al Roker receives a surprise visit from the TODAY Show family at his front door. The “Today” show chose to pay a visit to Al Roker’s home this week for a special holiday surprise while he is still progressing in his rehabilitation after spending four weeks in the hospital.
Numerous “Today” staff and crew members gathered outside his door to sing Christmas carols while wearing Santa Claus hats. Roker started crying after the surprise.
Roker addressed the crowd, saying, “I’ve missed you all so very much, all these faces.” “It truly means everything to my family, my friend Deborah, and me. Deborah has always been my strength. I just wanted to say thank you. I’m incredibly grateful for it.”
Roker returned to the “Today” show earlier this week for the first time in over a month to update viewers on how.
“It’s been a hard slog, I know. I won’t argue against it. Even though I’ve undergone surgery before, this one has been the hardest thus far. I’m a fortunate person, and it makes you incredibly grateful for this outpouring of prayers and thanks, “Roker explained.
Due to blood clots in his leg and lungs, Roker was initially admitted to the hospital last month. He was taken back to the hospital after being discharged on Thanksgiving due to “complications.” On Thursday, he went back home.
Roker’s health concerns also prevented him from attending Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 27 years, as well as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting.
After thanking his co-hosts for visiting the hospital on Monday, Roker joked about Hoda Kotb being “really, I suppose called an honorary doctor, she would simply show there.”
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Roker responded that he must first focus on regaining his strength after spending four weeks in the hospital when asked on Monday about what the doctors say about when he would return to “Today.”
Roker proclaimed, “I feel fantastic, I feel powerful, and every day I feel a little bit better.” “I just feel like it’s going to be a little bit of a slog,” the speaker said, “but there are a lot of people that have it much worse, with much less.”
Roker also expressed his gratitude to the medical staff at New York Presbyterian and even received praise for his new mustache.
Roker missed a few weeks of broadcasting in 2020 because he had surgery to remove his prostate. At the time, Roker disclosed that although he had been given a prostate cancer diagnosis, it had been found early. Roker stated at the time that he decided to reveal his diagnosis to inspire others publicly—particularly Black men, who study have shown are at a higher risk—to make sure they see a doctor and receive the necessary checkups in order to prevent cancer that is very treatable if discovered in its early stages.