“Today” show anchor hoped to be back two weeks after taking on-air leave
Beloved “Today” anchor Al Roker is back home and recovering after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer this week.
“Relieved to let you all know that my #prostatecancer surgery is done and back home. A big shoutout to everyone at the #josierobertsonsurgerycenter and so appreciate all the thoughts and wishes from our viewers and the wonderful care packages from my co-workers,” Roker posted on Instagram Thursday. “Hope to see you all soon.”
Pictured alongside Roker was his wife, ABC journalist Deborah Roberts. Another showed him smiling with their son, Nick.
On Friday, co-anchor Craig Melvin read Roker’s message on air, adding, “Pleased to report was able to communicate with him a couple of times this week and he’s back to his old self. Still cracking jokes. Had the audacity to actually call and check on me a couple of days ago. Al is in good shape, guys. We’re very happy about that.”
Roker announced his cancer diagnosis on air November 6. Given the aggressive nature of his cancer, he announced he would be taking time off immediately and hoped to be back
“One in nine men are going to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime,” he told his colleagues and viewers. “But for African-American men, that number is one in seven and is more deadly. If you detect it early, it is a very treatable disease.”
At the end of that announcement, Roker said he hoped to be back in two weeks, which would mean he could be back on “Today” in a few days.
NBC did not comment to TheWrap on Roker’s return.
Check out Roker’s Instagram post here. You can learn more about prostate cancer here.
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