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Al Roker recovering after being hospitalized with blood clots in leg, lungs

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Al Roker is shown at the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards gala in New York on April 14, 2022.

TV weatherman Al Roker is recovering after being hospitalized with blood clots in his leg and lungs.

“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” the 68-year-old “Today” show weatherman wrote on Instagram Friday. “Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs. 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.”

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“You’re the strongest person we know,” his colleague Savannah Guthrie commented, according to E! News.

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“Love you Al! Hurry home. You are missed and loved beyond measure!” Jenna Bush Hager added.

Roker and NBC did not say when he expects to be back on TV, but next week is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, shown annually by NBC with Roker as one of the hosts.

Roker has dealt with a number of health issues in recent years, including prostate cancer, a shoulder surgery due to arthritis in 2020 and a hip replacement in 2019.

Roker, who started his TV career in Syracuse, N.Y., has been at the “Today” show for more than 25 years as a weatherman and co-host of the NBC morning show’s “3rd Hour Today,” on top of hosting shows on the Food Network and the Weather Channel, plus acting in movies and TV shows like “Zombieland: Double Tap,” “Sharknado 5,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “The Simpsons,” “Seinfeld” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

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