Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer replaced colleague Al Roker Thursday at the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
The NBC News meteorologist and “Today” co-host helped host NBC’s coverage of the parade from the street, conducting interviews with stars such as Jake Lacy (“A Friend of the Family” and “White Lotus”), while colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda received Kotb from a post near Macy’s flagship in New York’s Herald Square.
At the start of the parade, the “Today” team told Dreyer, 41, to replace Roker. Roker has been away from the “Today” show after being hospitalized for blood clots.
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Shortly after the parade began, Dreyer took a call from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden while watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade at home, as did millions of other Americans. They asked how Roker was doing and she assured them he’s doing “great.”
The longtime meteorologist, 68, announced on Instagram earlier this month that he was hospitalized for a “medical blow” and is now on the mend.
Roker headed home for Thanksgiving dinner, according to his Instagram post Thursday. “So much to be #grateful for on #thanksgivingday. Leaving the hospital and going home,” he wrote.
“Last week I was hospitalized with a blood clot in my leg which caused some clots to go up into my lungs,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Friday that included a bouquet of flowers and an NBC mug. “I am so lucky to be receiving great medical care and on my way to recovery. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon.”
Blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis, commonly occur in the leg, but can also develop in the arm, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Part of the clot, called an embolus, can break off and travel to the lungs,” which can cut off blood supply to the lungs.
Roker has been on the weather desk of the “Today” show since 1996 and has been transparent about medical issues in the past, including his prostate cancer diagnosis in 2020.
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