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Co-host Al Roker returns to ‘Today’

Longtime weatherman underwent knee-replacement surgery earlier this month

By Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times
Published: May 31, 2023, 2:34pm

Al Roker’s new knee made its “Today” debut on Tuesday after the longtime weatherman underwent surgery earlier this month.

Roker returned to co-host the third hour of the morning program and gave viewers an update on his recovery following a three-week hiatus. The feature anchor had total knee-replacement surgery on May 9.

“I feel good,” Roker told co-hosts Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones.

“This was a much more involved operation because they were taking out a knee and then putting a knee back in — put some other stuff in. But that said, it’s coming along well.”

Asked what he decided to do with his “old knee,” Roker joked that he’s selling the body part on EBay.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Roker said, he was “feeling good enough” to go out to dinner, ride a boat and have a barbecue with his family. Roker is married to rival newscaster Deborah Roberts and has three children: Nick, 20, Leila, 24, and Courtney, 36 — who is more than seven months pregnant.

“We … just had a good trip,” Roker said.

This marks Roker’s second knee-replacement surgery — “a replacement of a replacement,” as he put it — after undergoing a similar procedure 23 years ago. An avid walker, he revealed recently that he had been “limping” through his strolls ahead of the operation.