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Al Roker misses first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 27 years

Al Roker was noticeably absent from the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday for the first time in 27 years.

Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer filled in for the longtime presenter during the “Today” show’s coverage of the parade on Thursday, amid Roker’s ongoing health battle.

Savannah Guthrie & Hoda Kotb continued their tradition of hosting from a post near Macy’s flagship store in New York’s Herald Square, while Dreyer conducted interviews on the street.

At one point, the NBC News meteorologist took a call from President Biden & First Lady Jill Biden, who were watching the parade from the White House.

The couple asked how Roker, 68, was doing, & Dreyer assured POTUS – & the parade’s millions of viewers – that he was doing “great.”

“It is not the Macy’s thanksgiving parade without Al Roker. Thanksgiving is cancelled,” one fan tweeted.

Another chimed in, “can we push thanksgiving back until al roker feels better.”

Al Roker at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1997
The meteorologist has been a Thanksgiving mainstay.
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Despite his absence, the show went on with “Funny Girl” star Lea Michele opening the televised event with her rendition of “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”

This year’s celebration features 28 floats, 12 marching b&s, 700 clowns & performances from the likes of Paula Abdul, Sean Paul, The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, Jordan Sparks, Huge Time Rush & Gloria Estefan.

His absence from the program comes amid a recent health battle.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Season 95

His absence from the program comes amid a recent health battle.

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Earlier this month, Roker sadly revealed that he had been hospitalized for blood clots in his leg & lungs.

“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” the TV icon captioned an Instagram post featuring flowers & an NBC News mug.

Al Roker Instagram photo of flowers
Roker shared an update after being hospitalized.

“I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs,” he continued. “After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care & on the way to recovery.”

He concluded the message by thanking his fans & colleagues alike for the “well wishes & prayers.”

Two years ago, the beloved weather forecaster co-hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade just a few weeks after undergoing prostate cancer surgery.

“I really feel good. I was very fortunate,” he shared while appearing on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” in February 2021. “We caught it early. It was an aggressive form of prostate cancer, but we caught it very early.”

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