Last week, we reported that Al Roker, the longtime weatherman on the “Today” show, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Over the weekend, he spoke out to thank fans for their support during this difficult time.
Roker, 66, took to Instagram on Saturday to post a video thanking fans for sending him messages of support and love.
“Oh my gosh, is this not a glorious day or what? Fantastic,” Roker said as he enjoyed the outdoors on a sunny day. “And it reminds me that I’ve got to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, your support, your well wishes after I announced on Friday that I am battling prostate cancer.”
“With any luck, next week, I’m going to be having prostate cancer surgery and I’m going to tell prostate cancer — to borrow a phrase — you’re fired,” he added, referring to President Donald Trump’s catchphrase from “The Apprentice.”
Roker had announced the day before that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer during “a routine check-up in September.” He went on to say that he was “not expecting” the diagnosis.
“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Roker said. “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.”
He then talked about why he decided to be open with his diagnosis to his millions of fans.
“I decided I wanted to go public with this because one in nine men are going to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, but for African American men it’s one in seven and it’s more deadly,” Roker explained. “If detected early, this is a really treatable disease.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 6, 2020
Tributes have been pouring in for Roker on social media since his diagnosis was announced,.
“As many of you now know my hubby is battling prostate cancer,” tweeted his wife, Deborah Roberts. “We are prayerful and hopeful he will be fine. Thanks for all the kind words, prayers and positivity.”
“Thinking about my dear friend Al Roker and wishing him the best as he faces prostate cancer,” added former “Today” host Katie Couric. “Sending so much love to you, Al!