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Al Roker delights co-stars as he makes triumphant comeback to Today after health issues

Al recently underwent knee replacement surgery

Al Roker smiles and holds a thumbs up to the camera
Nicky Morris
Nicky MorrisTV and film writer
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Al Roker made his triumphant return to The Today Show on Tuesday morning following a brief absence period. 

The weather forecaster received a very warm welcome from his co-stars Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, who were "very happy" to have him back in Studio 1A. 

WATCH: Al Roker delights co-stars as he makes triumphant comeback to Today

After introducing the show, Savannah addressed the viewers as the camera panned to Al, who was standing in his usual spot by the weather monitor. "Look who's here! Mr Roker we are so happy to have you back in our studio," she said, prompting applause from Hoda, who cheered: "Come on!"

Savannah continued: "You've got a brand new knee. How is it?"

Al sat hosting Today with his friends and costars prior to his departure for surgery this May© Getty Images
Al returned to Today after a brief absence period

Al responded: "It's all good!" before Hoda chimed in: "We're so happy you're back Al."

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Addressing his co-stars and then the viewers, Al said: "Good to see you guys and good to see you folks."

Deborah gave an update on Al's condition after his knee surgery© Instagram
Al underwent knee replacement surgery

Later on in the show, Hoda reiterated her delight over Al's return. "Can we just welcome Al back again," she said. "Isn't it so good!" Gesturing to the crowds in the plaza, she said: "You're people have been waiting for you," prompting Al to blow kisses to his fans. 

Earlier this month, Al underwent knee replacement surgery. He was admitted to hospital on May 9 and the following day, gave fans an update on his progress. Sharing a clip from his hospital room, showing the sun rising over New York City, he wrote: "Feeling grateful and #hopeful on this #firstday with my #newknee. Who knew?"

Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker on Today© Getty
Al stepped away from Today earlier this month for his surgery

Until his return to work on Tuesday, Al had been at home resting and recovering, with the help of his wife Deborah Roberts

During his absence from the show, fellow meteorologist Dylan Dreyer stepped into his shoes, as well as weather forecaster Bill Karins.

Dylan Dreyer on Today Show© NBC
Dylan Dreyer stood in for Al while he was away

Ahead of his official return, Al made a surprise appearance on the show last week, supported by a cane. Holding up a photo of an X-ray of his knee on his phone, Al stated, "They really had to do a lot of work to get the old hardware out and the new hardware in, plus there's a titanium cone in there for bone to grow around."

Al's recent operation hasn't been without its challenges, however. Appearing on the show via Facetime last week, Al gave an update: "I'm going to be honest. I've had a number of replacements, knee replacements. It's not a big surprise. 

Bill Karins© NBC
Bill Karins stepped in for Al during his absence

"This one has been the toughest one yet because they had to take out the old one, which had some complications, and then put in a new one."

This isn't the first time Al has taken a break from the show due to health reasons. Last year, the 68-year-old was away for over a month after suffering from blood clots in his lungs and undergoing a subsequent surgery.

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER with Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on the Today Show© Getty Images
Al is a favorite on the show

Al has been open about his health issues in the past and in 2002, underwent a gastric bypass surgery and subsequently lost over 100 pounds in the past two decades. 

Al Roker and Deborah Roberts attend the Fourth Annual Berggruen Prize Gala celebrating 2019 Laureate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg© Getty Images
Al Roker is married to fellow journalist Deborah Roberts
Deborah Roberts and Al Roker attend Citymeals On Wheels' 34th Annual Power Lunch at The Plaza Hotel on November 18, 2021© Getty
The couple tied the knot in 1995

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