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Al Roker Announces His Return to the 'Today' Show after Undergoing Surgery Amid Cancer Battle

Lois Oladejo
Nov 19, 2020
12:00 A.M.

Al Roker announced his return to “Today” during a virtual appearance on a recent episode of the show. This comes only one week after the news anchor underwent prostate cancer surgery.


Popular weatherman Al Roker has great news for fans! The “Today” co-host announced that he would be returning to the show after taking a break to treat his prostate cancer diagnosis.

Roker made this announcement during a recent episode of “Today,” where he gave an update on his health. A report issued to the news anchor on Monday showed no traces of cancer beyond the prostate, which has been removed.

Al Roker attends the American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on September 24, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Al Roker attends the American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on September 24, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

During the virtual appearance, Roker’s colleagues on the show, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie, noted how much they missed their co-host. In response to this, Roker said he could not wait to see them all and revealed that he would return to work on November 22 to serve as one of the hosts for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


While speaking, Roker expressed gratitude to his fans, who showered him with love and support following the news of his diagnosis. The announcement of his return was once again met with love from fans who trooped to the comments section to send their well wishes and prayers to Roker.


Roker’s recent update comes only a week after he successfully underwent surgery to remove his prostate and some lymph nodes. Following the surgery, Roker was sure to give fans an update.

Roker first shared the news of his diagnosis during an episode of the “Today” show earlier this month.

Taking to his Instagram, the news anchor shared a picture of himself posing with his wife Deborah and their son Nicholas. Roker accompanied it with a caption stating that the surgery went well and he was back home with his family. The veteran news anchor thanked his colleagues for their care packages to him and hinted at his return by writing:


“Hope to see you soon.”


While Roker enjoyed love and support from his fans, he was also lucky to have a support system like his wife, Deborah. After her husband’s surgery, Deborah took to social media to give fans an update on his health while commending him for his bravery.

Roker first shared the news of his diagnosis during an episode of the “Today” show earlier this month. He explained that it had been discovered when he went for his routine check-up in September. The beloved news anchor noted that he chose to go public with his diagnosis because he hoped to raise more awareness about the disease.

Since he broke the news of his diagnosis, Roker has indeed raised awareness about the disease and there is no doubt that on his return to the show, he will continue to use his platform to help many across America.

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