Hoda Kotb reveals Al Roker’s ‘Today’ show return date after hospitalizations

Hoda Kotb reveals Al Roker’s ‘Today’ show return date after hospitalizations

January 3, 2023

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Al Roker will make his triumphant return to “Today” later this week.

The morning show’s co-anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin made the announcement about the beloved weatherman, 68, during Tuesday’s broadcast.

“We have some great news to share this morning: Al is coming back to the show,” Guthrie, 51, told viewers.

Kotb, 58, then chimed in, “[People] was like, ‘When, when?’ Well, we have our day: He’ll be here Friday. He’ll be right here in Studio 1A.”

She continued, “This is his place. He’ll be in his seat, right where he belongs. We cannot wait for that.”

Melvin, 43, noted the group would finally “be back together again,” while Guthrie said the long-running NBC series was not “the same without” Roker.

“Our sunshine is coming back Friday morning,” she added.

Roker has been absent from work since November 2022, when he was hospitalized for blood clots in his leg and lungs.

He returned home just in time for Thanksgiving dinner but was rushed back to the hospital the next day.

After being released again at the beginning of December, Roker appeared on “Today” virtually.

“It’s been a tough slog, I’m not gonna deny this,” he told his co-anchors. “It’s been the hardest one yet, and you know I’ve had my share of surgeries.”

Roker explained that he had a “certain amount of weakness” after losing muscle mass in the hospital.

“I’m doing physical therapy every day, occupational therapy. I’ve got to just get my strength back,” he continued. “I feel good. I feel strong. Every day I feel a little bit better.”

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