Al Roker undergoes serious emergency surgery

Cheryl Kahla
Oct 05, 2018
01:00 P.M.
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The 64-year-old weather forecaster and television personality, Al Roker, was rushed to the hospital earlier this week. 


Roker required "emergency carpal tunnel surgery" and had to postpone the rehearsals for his upcoming Broadway debut, "Waitress."

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. The pain became increasingly worse last week, and Roker couldn't use his thumb at all. 

He joked: “I didn’t want to see anything, know anything. Just wanted to wake up dazed and confused — just a regular day for me!”


Roker didn't let the surgery set him back and returned to work as soon as possible. His co-workers at "Today" were not surprised in the least. 

Hoda Kotb said it's normal for Roker to have surgery and return to work the following day while preparing for Broadway the day after that. 


"Waitress" shares the life and tribulations of Jenna Hunterston, a waitress desperate to start a new life. 

Between her dead-end job as a waitress, her abusive relationship with her husband, and her affair with her gynecologist, Jenna is at a dead-end street. 


She is convinced that a pie-eating contest and the grand prize would be her ticket to starting anew. Roker had less than a month to prepare for his part. 

Ever the food fundie, Roker has been on the hunt of the best eating spot in New York, more specifically, the best breakfast. 


The self-proclaimed breakfast aficionado said the first meal of the day is more than just sustenance, it is also a way to learn about the city's culture. He said: 

“You get a sense of a place by its breakfast. You get an idea of a community.”


Some of his favorite eating spots include Bimi's Cheese Shop in Chatham, Bartlett House in Ghent, and Henrietta's Table in Cambridge, Massaschutes. 

Roker has been married twice: first to Alice Bell from the mid-eighties to mid-nineties. He tied the knot with Deborah Roberts in 1995.

The couple has three children together – daughters Courtney and Leila, and son Nicholas – and is proud to call Manhattan home.