‘Today Show’s’ Al Roker Reports From Self-Quarantine
The Today Show is making some major adjustments during the nation’s coronavirus crisis. After being exposed to a colleague who works on the 3rd hour of Today that was diagnosed with COVID-19, co-hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin have decided to take the precautionary measure of self-quarantining. With fellow co-hosts Dylan Dreyer still out on maternity leave and Sheinelle Jones on an extended leave of absence due to vocal cord surgery, the morning show’s third hour is running many pre-taped segments to get through the current tumult.
Always dedicated to bring our daily forecasts, Roker has been reporting on the weather from home where he’s hunkering down with wife Deborah Roberts and son Nick.
Roker and Melvin in the headlines
On Monday, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie revealed the reason that Melvin and Roker were not at the news desk.
“Before we go further, a personal note for this show: Last night we learned that a colleague of ours on the third hour of Today has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus,” Guthrie announced. “So out of an abundance of caution, Craig and Al have taken the morning off so we can trace their contacts, see what’s going on with them. We promise to keep you posted, both are fine right now, they feel good.”
Co-anchor Hoda Kotb added that both co-hosts said they “feel great” that the entire staff was doing all they could to abide by the current guidelines. “We’re just trying to play exactly by the rules,” Kotb said. “We hope and wish they come back soon.”
Roker reports from home
Guthrie updated viewers once again on Tuesday morning’s broadcast, letting audiences know that her two fellow co-hosts were doing fine while under self-quarantine.
“Craig [Melvin] and Al are out once again,” Guthrie said, according to AOL. “We’re just being super, super cautious. There was a 9 o’clock hour employee — on the 3rd Hour Today — who tested positive for the virus. Craig and Al had some contact with — so in an abundance of caution, we’re keeping them home. But they feel good.”
The Today co-host then shared that Roker was prepared to still come to work – virtually. “Al feels so good, he wants to do the weather,” Guthrie said before throwing to Roker in a live shot from his kitchen. Right next to the meteorologist was a monitor with the day’s weather report. Guthrie commented on Roker’s casual attire, jokingly asking if he had bothered to put on pants.
“Yes, I’m wearing pants for God’s sakes!” Roker replied, then revealed, “But they’re stretchy pants.”
Roker also shared a perk of working from home. “I didn’t have to commute in, so I did sleep in,” the early morning co-host said.
Roker gives a shout out to his team
Always giving credit where it’s due, Roker praised his support team on social media for getting his home properly set up to be able to broadcast while hunkered down.
“Our crack #techsupport team at @nbcnews #fieldtransmission has my tech outfitted so I will be broadcasting from the Roker/Roberts #kitchen tomorrow am on @todayshow and @3rdhourtoday,” he wrote on Instagram on Monday with a video showing his new work space.
Roker also thanked his NBC colleagues for helping him stay on the air during the current health crisis.
“Part of the team getting yours truly on the air with @todayshow weather @3rdhourtoday,” the Today star posted on Instagram. “Thanks to Don Tshounikas in his home, @kathrynprociv is in @30rockefellerplaza and @brianvanaken at home. I am on my iPad so NO @nbcnews crew is with me as I hang at home out of an abundance of caution following a brief interaction with one of our producers who tested positive.”
Fans of Roker and Melvin are hoping to see the Today co-hosts back at the news desk soon. In the meantime, viewers are getting by seeing Roker each morning reporting on weather in their neck of the woods.