If you’re a regular viewer of NBC’s The Today Show, you may have noticed that one of the anchors has been absent from the show as of late. We were all wondering where Al Roker had been the past few weeks, but we finally found out this morning.
Roker last appeared on The Today Show on Friday, November 4, 2022. He was absent the following Monday and hasn’t been seen since then. The show didn’t mention where he was or why he was missing, and neither did Roker.
Fans who follow the rocker on Instagram have noticed that he’s still posting even though he’s not on air. For example, he posted a picture of the moon on the 5th and again on Veterans Day. On the 14th, a day after he shared a video of himself and Dylan Dreier talking about climate change, he tweeted again.
In these Instagram posts, Rocker fails to mention why he left The Today Show, but concerned fans are taking to the comments section to ask about his well-being. One person said: “Well Al, everyone seems to be worried about you. I hope to see you on the air again next week. I wish you a nice weekend!”
Another wrote: “I miss you. Where have you been?”
One follower said: “What’s going on Al? Hoda said you are not feeling well.
One devoted follower pleaded, “Where are you Al? Please let us know. Pleeeez!!!”
Many Rocker fans have been wondering where he’s been, and today they finally got an answer. He revealed that he has been on hiatus from The Today Show for the past two weeks. He posted a photo of flowers and a cup of coffee on Instagram with the caption, “NBC News Weather.”
The rocker wrote in the caption, “Last week I was hospitalized with a blood clot in my leg that sent several clots into my lungs. After several medical setbacks, I am very fortunate to be receiving wonderful medical care and to be on the road to recovery. The rocker then thanked his fans “for all the good wishes and prayers.”
The Today show hosts mentioned Rocker’s hospitalization shortly after he announced it on Instagram. They wished him well and explained that they had been in contact with him during his absence.
Savannah Guthrie said Roker was in “good spirits.” She continued, “We all talked to him.”
Dreyer gave an example that showed he was doing well. She said: “Not that we need to tell you how amazing Al is, when I first called him he immediately said, ‘Hey Dilly-Dill! How are the boys?’ That’s classic Al.”
Carson Daly said, “We need it. He inspires me every day.”
Guthrie wrote: “I don’t know if you watch this show but we love you Al. We miss you!”