'Complications' Send Al Roker Back to Hospital

'Today' meteorologist, treated for blood clots last week, has been readmitted, per Hoda Kotb
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2022 3:50 PM CST
Updated Dec 1, 2022 10:25 AM CST
Al Roker Says He Had Blood Clots
Al Roker, shown at a gala in April, said Friday he's on the mend.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
UPDATE Dec 1, 2022 10:25 AM CST

Al Roker seemed to be making a decent recovery after being hospitalized for blood clots. On Thanksgiving Day, the Today weatherman posted a series of Instagram updates showing him leaving the hospital, just in time to celebrate the holiday with his family. On Thursday morning, colleague Hoda Kotb announced on the show that the 68-year-old has been readmitted to the hospital "due to some complications," but that he's "in very good care," per CNN. Kotb added that Roker is "resting and his doctors are keeping a close eye on him." No further details have yet emerged, but Today reports Roker's 24-year-old daughter, Leila, posted an Instagram story on Wednesday, writing, "Thank you to all the wonderful friends and family who have reached out. We really appreciate it."

Nov 18, 2022 3:50 PM CST

Al Roker has revealed the reason he's been absent lately from Today. "Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs," the show's meteorologist posted Friday on Instagram. Roker wrote that he's now "on the way to recovery," USA Today reports. Roker, 68, who has been a regular on the NBC morning program since 1996, posted a photo of flowers he'd received and thanked well-wishers. "Hope to see you soon," he added, per People.

His colleagues addressed Roker's hospitalization on the air Friday. "He's in good spirits, we've all talked to him," said Savannah Guthrie. "He's in great spirits," added Hoda Kotb. Carson Daly mentioned the workout videos Roker posts. "He inspires me every day because when I wake up I see him on his treadmill," Daly said. "He's walking here to work. I'm like, 'All right, now I got to exercise.'" (More Al Roker stories.)

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