NBC’s “Today” weatherman Al Roker recently underwent his second knee replacement surgery after it had been delayed when he was hospitalized late last year due to a blood clot in his leg that broke off and traveled to his lungs, the UK Independent reported.
Roker, 68, returned to the “Today” show on May 30 where co-host Savannah Guthrie welcomed him warmly, asking him if his brand new knee still has “that new knee smell.”
In an exclusive interview with People magazine published this week, the popular TV weatherman said he was doing well after his May 9 surgery to replace his left knee.
Roker, who spoke with People while attending the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New Jersey over the weekend, said he was enjoying “wearing nice clothes.”
This was Roker’s second knee replacement surgery.
Last April, Roker had his right knee replaced but the replacement surgery on his left knee had to be delayed after he was rushed to the hospital the day after Thanksgiving when a blood clot in his leg moved to his lungs. Roker spent nearly two weeks in the hospital.
In March, Roker told Page Six that he wouldn’t be alive today if not for his wife Deborah Roberts’ love and care. He admitted that he was not aware at the time just how close he came to dying.
When he returned to NBC in January, Roker said he lost nearly half of his blood as doctors tried to figure out where the blood clot was.
The week before his return to NBC, Roker appeared via a video link to offer an update on his recovery from his second knee replacement.
Roker, who has been the weatherman on “Today” since 1996, previously acted as the fill-in for long-time “Today” weatherman Willard Scott from 1990 to 1995.