Al Roker shows love for Oswego when he leaves the hospital and misses the Thanksgiving parade
SUNY Oswego alumnus Al Roker showed some love to his alma mater Thursday as he left the hospital after being treated for a blood clot in his leg and lungs. Smoker posted a video of himself walking down a hospital hallway while wearing a green, yellow, and gray Oswego State polo shirt.
“Okay, this is my version of the Thanksgiving Day Parade,” he said. “Get ready to leave the hospital. Time to blow up this taco stand. Woohoo!”
The “Today” show weatherman missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 27 years, but said he made it home in time to watch a bit of the NBC broadcast while still wearing his Oswego shirt wore.
“Yes Al!!!! Love love this video!!! Parade wasn’t the same without YOU!!!” Hoda Kotb wrote on Instagram.
“Yass!! Now we are also especially grateful for you!!! And all those doctors and nurses who took care of our dear!” Jenna Bush Hager seconded.
“Yes Al! Happy Thanksgiving!” former “Today” show star Katie Couric added.
Roker and NBC haven’t said when he expects to be back on TV, but he appeared to be in high spirits Thursday, later sharing a photo of turkey dinner with his family. The 68-year-old broadcaster has had to deal with a number of health problems in recent years, including prostate cancera shoulder surgery for arthritis in 2020 and a hip replacement in 2019.
smoker started his TV career in Syracuse at WHEN-TV, now known as CNY Central’s WTVH-5, in 1974 while still a student at Oswego State. He has been with the “Today” show for over 25 years as a weatherman and co-host of the NBC morning show “3rd Hour Today”, in addition to hosting shows on the Food Network and the Weather Channel, plus acting in movies and TV shows such as ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’, ‘Sharknado 5’, ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’.
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