Al Roker, Hoda Kotb Have ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Moment on ‘Today’

It’s amoré! Hoda Kotb and Al Roker shared a Disney second whereas having fun with a sweet bar collectively on the Right now present. 

“We heard y’all: Al is consuming the PayDay — and sharing it with @hodakotb,” the morning show’s official Twitter account wrote through the Wednesday, March 29, episode alongside a clip of Roker, 68, along with his favourite snack — a large PayDay bar. Whereas the weatherman initially stated the sweet didn’t look interesting, Twitter customers rallied for Roker to take a style whereas stay on air. 

Roker ultimately accepted the problem, requesting that Kotb, 58, benefit from the tasty delight with him. “Right here, would you assist me?” he requested, to which the Dateline alum agreed. 

The twosome then shared the scrumptious dessert by biting into reverse ends of the identical piece — and reenacted one among Disney’s most traditional movies. 

“Sort of a Woman and the Tramp second,” Roker joked as they bit into the chewy peanut butter sweet. The twosome then each “yummed” in unison whereas cohost Craig Melvin quipped, “There’s the meme!” Later that day, the Right now present Twitter posted a snap of the hilarious trade subsequent to a photograph from the 1955 animated movie, which options the titular canine sharing a single spaghetti noodle.

The lighthearted second comes on the heels of an upsetting few months for each of the Right now cohosts. Final month, Kotb sparked concern amongst followers when she was lacking from a number of stay tapings. 

Melvin, 43, ultimately defined the explanation for Kotb’s absence through the March 1 episode. “As for Hoda, we all know a number of you have got been questioning how she’s doing. We are able to let you know that Hoda’s OK. She’s received a household well being matter that she’s been coping with, so we stay up for seeing Hoda and Savannah again on the desk actual, actual quickly,” he stated. (Savannah Guthrie examined optimistic for COVID-19 in February however returned to the information desk shortly after.)

After a number of days away, Kotb rejoined her colleagues on digicam on March 6 and revealed particulars about 3-year-old daughter Hope’s ICU keep. “[She was] within the hospital for slightly greater than per week,” she defined whereas holding again tears. “I’m so grateful she’s house. … I used to be ready for that day to come back. And we’re watching her intently. I’m simply so comfortable.” (Kotb shares Hope and daughter Haley, 5, together with her ex-fiancé, Joel Schiffman, from whom she cut up in December 2021 after eight years collectively.)

Roker, in the meantime, who misplaced 100-lbs earlier than present process gastric bypass surgical procedure in 2002, has confronted a number of well being scares through the years. The NBC Information anchor — who has helmed the NBC morning present since 1996 — made headlines when he missed a number of November 2022 broadcasts after docs found that he had blood clots. 

“So a lot of you have got been thoughtfully asking the place I’ve been. Final week I used to be admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which despatched some clots into my lungs,” Roker wrote by way of Instagram on the time. “After some medical whack-a-mole, I’m so lucky to be getting terrific medical care and on the best way to restoration. Thanks for all of the nicely needs and prayers and hope to see you quickly.”

Roker finally wanted to endure surgical procedure, ensuing within the New York native lacking the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the primary time in 27 years.

The TV journalist was admitted to the hospital a number of days later following problems.

“It’s been a tricky slog, I’m not gonna deny this,” Roker stated throughout a digital look on Right now on the time. “It’s been the toughest one but, and you realize I’ve had my share of surgical procedures. I’m doing bodily remedy each day, occupational remedy. I’ve received to only get my power again. … I really feel good. I really feel sturdy. Day by day I really feel slightly bit higher.”

In January, Roker — who has been married to Deborah Roberts since September 1995 — made his Right now present return. 

“I misplaced half my blood. [My doctors] have been making an attempt to determine the place it was,” he stated throughout his first broadcast again, revealing his surgeons discovered that he had two bleeding ulcers and found that they wanted to resect his colon and take away his gallbladder. “I actually do really feel good. I’m positive I’m going to break down like a stone after that is over as a result of that is the primary work I’ve carried out. It’s been a journey.” (Roker was beforehand identified with prostate most cancers in 2020, which resulted in surgical intervention.)