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'I really appreciate it': Al Roker gives shout out to Cleveland in thankful message after hospitalization

'Just being back with my family here at the TODAY show has been spectacular.'

CLEVELAND — A familiar face was back with the GO! morning show Tuesday -- and we couldn't be more excited!

Our friend Al Roker, who has become a weekly staple here at 3News, made his first appearance with us since he was hospitalized late last year.

“I feel good. ... Just being back with my family here at the TODAY show has been spectacular," he told 3News' Danielle Wiggins, Maureen Kyle, Hollie Strano and Dave Chudowsky.

Roker, who once worked at WKYC here in Cleveland (our radar tower is named in his honor), also expressed his gratitude to all of the support he's received from Northeast Ohio.

“I heard from so many people in Cleveland, so thanks guys," Roker continued. "I really appreciate it.”

This appearance comes after he returned to NBC's TODAY on Friday as he and his wife shared updates on his health.

"I had two complicating things. I had blood clots that they think came up after I had COVID in September and I had this internal bleeding going on," Roker said last Friday upon his return to TODAY. "I lost almost half my blood."

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He was initially admitted to the hospital in November, missing his first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in nearly three decades. Roker was then taken back to the hospital a day after his release due to "complications."

Roker was released again in early December and continued his time recovering at home before officially returning to Studio 1A on Jan. 6.

We love you, Al! So great to have you back!

Oh... And one more thing just for you...

"GO! team, assemble!"

Editor's note: Video in the player above features the moment we surprised Roker by naming our radar tower after him on May 10, 2021.

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