Last year was the first time Al Roker missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 27 years. While fans of the meteorologist were deeply disappointed by his absence, they knew it was important for his health to come first.
With Thanksgiving 2023 fast approaching, The Today Show fans have one pretty big question on their mind: Will Al Roker host the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade this year? Or, is his health going to force him to stay home?
Fortunately, fans of the traditional parade and Al Roker as a host don’t have to wait any longer for an answer. Keep reading for the details!
Will Al Roker Host Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade This Year?
On today’s episode of The Today Show, Al Roker discussed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. Hoda admitted that the parade just didn’t feel the same last year with Al Roker missing. Al Roker, however, joked he thought the parade was even better without him. Savannah Guthrie shut the joke down noting that Al Roker WAS the parade.
Fortunately, his absence is not something fans of the traditional parade will have to feel two years in a row. He has confirmed he will be part of the festivities this year.
According to People Magazine, fans can tune in to watch the parade at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving day on NBC. Alternatively, fans can also stream the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade via Peacock.
He Felt As Though He Ruined The Holidays
When he returned to the talk show in January, he opened up about his hospitalizations. He knew his medical issues were not a secret. He, however, admits he didn’t realize that he very nearly died when it happened. Al Roker added that his medical emergency was a real eye-opener for him. He forgot how important Thanksgiving and Christmas were until he nearly missed them both.
The Today Show personality added at the time that he also felt really bad. From his point of view, he felt like he ruined Thanksgiving for a lot of people, including his family. The way he felt actually made it that much more important for him to celebrate Christmas to the fullest with his family.
I felt, in a sense, badly because I ruined Thanksgiving for the family and I was not going to let that happen for Christmas. It was important to me and gave me something to push for. And I made Christmas dinner.”
Are you looking forward to watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade this year? More importantly, are you happy to know Al Roker will be back this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. And, keep coming back for more news on your favorite TV personalities.
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