Today Show veteran Al Roker revealed he is battling prostate cancer.
The 66-year-old co-host announced he would taking time off to undergo surgery during the NBC morning show on Friday.
The weatherman confirmed he would be getting treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City next week to have his prostate removed.
He explained: ‘After a check-up in September, turns out I have prostate cancer. It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing. Good news is we caught it early.
‘Not great news is that it’s a little aggressive, so I’m going to be taking some time off to take care of this.’
Al continued: ‘I don’t want people thinking, “Oh, poor Al,” you know, because I’m gonna be OK.’
The host has been with Today since 1996, and he succeeded longtime weather personality Willard Scott.
The diagnosis calls into question whether Al will be able to take part in NBC’s annual broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which he has been a part of since 1995.
You will definitely be in my prayers @alroker. You are my favorite person on any news program, ever. Your positivity and humor is greatly appreciated. Please take care and we will wait for you to return.
— Aut (@AutCoch) November 6, 2020
Al, you’ve been not just a well respected broadcast meteorologist but also a Climate Scientist. I’m saddened of this news but hope you caught this early enough and can enjoy some years with your friends and family.
— Ted J. (@WeatherTed) November 6, 2020
Prayers for a speedy and blessed recovery Mr. Roker! I’ve literally grown up my entire life watching you do the weather and more.
— TJ Abdullah (@navylawdog03) November 6, 2020
The NBC broadcast will be different this year due to the conditions set in place by the coronavirus pandemic.
He told viewers: ‘We’ll just wait and see, and hopefully in about two weeks, I’ll be back (on TODAY).’
Al explained he wanted to publicly reveal his diagnosis to spotlight the fact that one in seven African American men, 1 in 9 men overall, will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
He urged viewers to make sure they get the proper checkups to stop a cancer that is very treatable if detected early.
Credit: Original article published here.