Al Roker Posts Heartbreaking Message from Hospital Bed

Al Roker, 68, is home again after multiple stints in a New York hospital amid a health scare involving blood clots. The veteran TV personality took to Instagram Thursday with kind words and photos of his homecoming

The veteran TV personality was seen posing with his wife Deborah Roberts and their daughter Leila in Instagram photos.

Roker earlier took to social media on Thursday with a photo of his view from his hospital room and an upbeat message.

Roker’s release comes after a stint in which he was was released in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with his family, but then rushed back to a medical facility for attention to the issue.

Sources close to the Roker family told Page Six November 30 that Roker had been stretchered out of his Upper East Side home November 25, with the Hollywood reporter saying it was again for blood clots again.

Fears grew for the Today show staple, who missed out on the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, after already having to sit out of NBC’s annual coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Co-host for the Today Show Hoda Kotb said on the December 1 broadcast that Roker had been rushed back to the Uptown Manhattan hospital ‘due to some complications.’

Kotb said that she had spoken to Roker on FaceTime along with Craig Melvin.

‘It was wonderful hosting the celebration, but, of course, we all wished that Al could’ve been with us,’ said Kotb.

‘But, due to some complications, he is back in the hospital, and he is in very good care.

‘He’s resting and his doctors are keeping a close eye on him. Al and his family want everyone to know how grateful they are for all the love, the support and the well wishes.’

Kotb recalled that Roker had giving a ‘thumbs up’ during the FaceTime call which took place during the tree lighting.

‘We will see you back here soon, my friend,’ Melvin added during Thursday’s show.

Kotb went into further detail about her FaceTime conversation with Roker on the show saying that she had said that ‘it was really boring without him’ and that he ‘makes everything better.’

Roker was first hospitalized last month, addressing the circumstances of his health condition in an Instagram post.

‘So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been. Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg, which sent some clots into my lungs,’ the weatherman and Today anchor wrote.

‘After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.’

On November 30, Al’s daughter Leila captioned a selfie on her Instagram Stories, writing: ‘thank you to all the wonderful friends and family who have reached out. We really appreciate it.’

Al was unable to host the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in more than a quarter of a century.

‘For the past 27 parades, at this moment, we would turn to Al Roker, who’s our TODAY show colleague and our best pal, but as a lot of you have heard, Al’s recovering and he’s recovering very well from a recent medical issue,’ Hoda Kotb said during the parade.

‘We just want to say, we love you Al. We wonder if you’re watching, but we wish you a full recovery.’

Roker shared a video of himself on Thanksgiving morning walking through the hospital floor, clad in a black baseball cap, blue face mask a green and grey polo shirt from his alma mater – SUNY Oswego – blue pants and black shoes.

‘All right, this is my version of the Thanksgiving Day parade, getting ready to leave the hospital. Time to blow this taco stand,’ Roker said in the brief video.

‘So much to be #thankful for on the #Thanksgiving day. Leaving the hospital and home for #ThanksgivingDinner,’ he said in the caption.

Roker’s health scare comes over two years after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2020.

A routine physical revealed he had elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is a screening tool for early detection.

A biopsy later confirmed he had a more aggressive form of the disease, but, because was caught early, it could be easily removed with surgery.

The Today Show star went public with his diagnosis on the show on November 6, 2020, three days before he underwent a five-hour surgery performed by Dr. Vincent Laudone at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

On Nov 30, Al’s daughter Leila captioned a selfie on her Instagram Stories, writing: ‘thank you to all the wonderful friends and family who have reached out. We really appreciate it’

Al Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery 20 years ago at 340 lbs

A week later he received a pathology report that found there was no evidence of cancer in his body outside of his prostate, which he had surgically removed along with the surrounding lymph nodes.

Roker continues to undergo regular testing to ensure his cancer hasn’t returned.

In June, he opened up about how his children — Courtney, 35, Leila, 24, and Nick, 20 — reacted to his cancer diagnosis while filming a Father’s Day segment.

‘It was the first time I saw fear in my children’s eyes. I mean, they started crying,’ he told his co-stars and fellow dads Daly and Craig Melvin at Coney Island’s Luna Park.

‘At the end of the day, that’s all you wanna do is protect them and shield them from hurt and/or harm,’ he explained. ‘And at that moment, I realized you can’t always do that. But you can do the best you can.’

‘That’s what I know our fathers did,’ he added, looking at Melvin, 43, and Daly, 49. ‘And that’s all we can do.’

That same month, Roker revealed on the show that he had lost roughly 45 pounds by combining a daily walking routine with a low-carb diet.

‘Exercise, and not extreme exercise — we’re doing that 30-day walking challenge — that improves, I think, your mental health,’ Roker said. ‘Combined with a low-carb diet, I’ve lost about 45 pounds in the last several months. I do about 100 grams of carbs a day and I walk.’

Kotb at the time was quick to add that Roker does more than walk, saying he also incorporates weight training into his workouts.

‘I’m the oldest person here. I’m trying to last a little longer,’ he joked with his colleagues, who are all in their 40s and 50s.

In March, Roker celebrated the 20-year anniversary of his gastric bypass surgery, saying he will ‘never forget’ how far he has come since losing more than 100 pounds.

He marked the occasion on Instagram by sharing photos of himself with his old jeans to show how he is half the size he was two decades ago.

‘Hard to believe it was 20 years ago today, I wore these size 54 Levi jeans to my #gastricbypass at 340 lbs and here I am today,’ he wrote in the caption.

‘It’s still a struggle but I’m never going back,’ he added. ‘I have setbacks and struggle every day, but I never forget how far I’ve come.’

The Today star candidly detailed his battle with binge eating and weight loss and how it had impacted his life, career, and marriage to TV journalist Deborah Roberts in his 2012 book ‘Never Goin’ Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle for Good.’

‘My wife is a size 4; she runs, she works out and it became a problem in our marriage. On a Saturday she’d get up, get dressed to run and I’d be sitting on the couch or making breakfast for the kids and was quite happy about our choices. She, on the other hand, was not,’ he wrote in an essay for Today in 2013.

‘She was upset about it, she was frustrated, she was angry,’ he recalled. ‘She thought, ‘Why don’t you care enough about yourself and why don’t you care about me and our relationship enough to change?’ And I said, ‘Look, it’s not about you. It’s about me.”

In Roker’s memoir, he explained how the turning point in his health journey came after he promised his dying father, Albert Lincoln Roker Sr., he’d lose weight.

‘I don’t know if you’ve ever had to make a deathbed promise to someone you love, but if you have, you know the kind of guilt and massive responsibility I felt in that moment,’ he wrote.

Roker has continued to keep the weight off with regular exercise, including power walking, and healthy meals. In 2019, he lost 40 pounds on the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet.

The ratio of fat to carbs and protein is 4:1 in the keto diet and the goal is to lose weight by achieving ketosis, a natural state in which the body is burning fat for energy rather than carbohydrates.

Roker fiercely defended the low-carb eating plan in 2019 after former Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels insisted it was a ‘bad’ diet ‘for a million reasons.’

In a scathing tweet, he accused her of promoting ‘on camera bullying, deprivation, manipulation and more’ as a coach on the weight-loss show.

‘What works for you, works for you,’ Roker later elaborated on the Today show. ‘There’s science on both sides that says it’s not a great idea and science that says it is a good idea.

‘I think it’s up to people — with their doctor, with their medical professional — [to make their own decision].’

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  1. Very Very sad and I am sorry Mr Roker.
    Its the JAB and I’ll bet you still believe it saved you, but in fact its killing you and that is heart breaking. You are a kind man and its terrible to see you waste away and suffer.
    I pray your blood clots dissolve and you are set free from the results of this bioweapon

  2. While I am very happy upon hearing Mr. Roker’s latest prognosis, I must say that this is one of the most poorly written articles I have ever read. A second year journalism student should be appalled after producing articles like this and one has to wonder if the “Whatsuptoday” editors were asleep.

  3. …I have no sympathy for the man. While he’s been playing his “I’m a dufus weatherman” gig, he participated in telling lies for the last 30 years…and pushed the clot shots that are now biting him in the buttocks. Karma can be a difficult lover….too bad.

  4. Uh, Al…I’d hold off on anymore clot shot boosters if I were you. This is your wake-up call. You’re lucky to be alive.

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