Al Roker screams in joy as he runs around Today's plaza for first time in nine months after successful cancer surgery
AL Roker ran around the Today show plaza in excitement about returning for the first time in nine months during the morning show’s broadcast on Thursday.
The weatherman, 66, recently underwent surgery for prostate cancer.
A few weeks ago, Al returned to Today after recovering from his successful operation, but he was working inside the studio, not out in the plaza, where he often was seen pre-pandemic.
He made his grand return to the Today show plaza in New York City to deliver his weather forecast on Thursday, with the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on display behind him.
Full of excitement, he was wrapped up in a scarf, hat, gloves and a tan coat as he ran around the area, smiling and screaming.
The 66-year-old TV personality said: “I gotta tell you. The last time I was on this plaza was March 13th. It feels so good!”
After being egged on by fellow Today stars Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, who were sitting inside the studio and talking to him through the window, Al shouted his usual, “My people!,” despite having no in-person audience.
He turned back to the co-hosts, still smiling, and said: “Well, you get the idea.”
Savannah replied, “You still got it,” while Hoda told him, “We’re your people.”
Al had his prostrate removed, along with some surrounding tissue and lymph nodes, during a five-hour surgery in New York on November 9.
The weatherman – who was diagnosed with "aggressive" prostrate cancer – said he returned home to his wife Deborah Roberts and son Nick the day after the operation.
Upon returning to work a couple of weeks ago, he told fans at the start of the show: "Great medical care and the love of friends and family, it goes a long way."
He added to his co-hosts: "I had great surgeons and a lot of love from my family. Deborah and Nick and Leila and Courtney, and a lot of you, and all of you here, just really took care of me."
When asked how he's doing, Al joked: "I feel good, I really do, after the first week when you get that catheter out, I was feeling good. I'm trying to exercise."
He revealed he will get blood tests in the first week of January to monitor his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels and then have check-ups every six months for the next five years.
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