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Al Roker misses first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while recovering from hospitalization

Although the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade took place in New York City on Thursday mornings, one notably familiar face was missing from the celebration: Al Roker.

Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie took a moment during the NBC broadcast to acknowledge the absence of the weatherman and anchor amid his recent hospitalization for multiple blood clots in his leg.

“For the past 27 parades, currently Savannah, we would turn to Al Roker, our Today Show colleague and our best friend. But as many of you have heard, Al is recovering and recovering very well from a recent medical issue. We just want to say we love you, Al. Are you wondering if you’re watching? But we wish you a full recovery,” Kotb said.

Guthrie added, “We love you, Al. We’ll see you next year!”

Roker took to Instagram on Nov. 18 to explain his recent absence from the Today show.

“So many of you have thoughtfully asked where I’ve been. Last week I was hospitalized with a blood clot in my leg, which caused some clots to move into my lungs,” Roker wrote in the post. “After some medical whack-a-mole I am lucky enough to receive great medical care and be on the road to recovery. Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a nice weekend everyone.”

Despite the medical scare, Roker was still listed as one of the hosts for the parade. Todays meteorologist Dylan Dreyer filled in for Roker and helped host coverage for the parade.

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