Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020: Al Roker Returns to Host Following Cancer Surgery

by Emily Morgan
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America’s favorite weatherman is back on our screens hosting the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Al Roker made his comeback on Thursday by hosting the annual holiday parade with TODAY show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. It’s been two weeks since the 66-year-old TV host underwent surgery for prostate cancer. 

Al Roker Returns to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

At the beginning of the annual program, Roker cut the ceremonial ribbon to kick off the famous parade. He stood alongside Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette, sharing, “It may not be the parade we wanted, but this year, it’s the parade we need.”

In a series of photographs shared in a tweet, you get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Roker’s busy day. You can see Roker posing with stars such as Jimmy Fallon and Tori Kelly. There’s also a clip of Roker reuniting with “Butter Man,” a nod to a fun feud from last year’s Thanksgiving special. 

He returned to the TODAY Show set earlier this week, before the parade. In addition to delivering the morning show’s daily weather forecast, Roker updated his viewers on his health since the surgery. 

“Great medical care and the love of friends and family — it goes a long way,” Roker said in the show on Monday, as co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb agreed he was looking well. 

“Actually I was hoping I looked a little better,” he replied.

It’s evident that his co-hosts were joyful that Roker has returned to the TODAY Show set. Savannah Guthrie rejoiced, saying, “And we can be happy because our Al has returned to studio 1A. … It was two weeks ago you had surgery for prostate cancer and look at you now!” 

At the end of the broadcast, he thanked everyone for their support. Laughing, he added that “After that first week you can get that catheter out. I’m feeling good!”

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