Al Roker was rushed back to hospital by ambulance the day after Thanksgiving amid his ongoing health issues due to blood clots.
The beloved “Today” anchor fell ill on Friday — just a day after she missed hosting Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 27 years due to being discharged from hospital.
The popular meteorologist, 68, was taken by ambulance as his frantic wife, Deborah Roberts, tried to break into their faulty Tesla to retrieve her cellphone to follow her husband to a hospital in midtown Manhattan , according to sources.
ABC News reporter Roberts, 62, tried to force her way through reinforced glass in the front of the car with the help of a neighbor outside their Upper House East Side, witnesses said.
A witness told Page Six: “Al was brought home on a stretcher to the hospital on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. His condition was worrying, but once back in the hospital he improved.
“His wife, Deborah, was understandably very upset. She had left her phone and other belongings inside their Tesla, which had malfunctioned and wouldn’t unlock, so she was trying to break a window.
The onlooker said Roberts’ attempt to retrieve his belongings from inside the electric vehicle was “unsuccessful”.
“Deborah then drove her daughter to the hospital in a taxi, where Al has since been surrounded by family.”
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Roker and Roberts – who have been married since 1995 – share daughter Leila, 24, and son Nicholas, 20. The meteorologist also has daughter Courtney, 35, with ex-wife Alice Bell.
Page Six reported earlier this month that Roker was hospitalized due to blood clots in his leg and lungs. The disease can be fatal if not discovered and treated early enough.
“Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent clots into my lungs,” Roker wrote on Instagram on November 18.
“After a few medical whiplashes, I am so lucky to be receiving wonderful medical care and on the mend. Thank you for all of your well wishes and prayers and I hope to see you soon.”
On Thanksgiving Day, he posted a video of himself walking through the halls of the hospital and wrote how grateful he was to be home.
“So much for being #grateful on #thanksgiving day. Leaving the hospital and home for #thanksgivingdinner,” he captioned the clip.
The ever-cheerful anchor joked that leaving the hospital was her “version of the Thanksgiving Parade.”
Later that day, the weatherman uploaded a photo of himself watching the parade hosted by fellow “today” castmates Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, and fellow weatherman and presenter Dylan Dreyer.
He wrote: “Back home in time to catch a bit of the #mysthanksgivingparade. Miss being next to @savannahguthrie and @hodakotb.
He also posted a photo of himself and his family, including wife Deborah and children Courtney, Leila and Nicholas, writing, “So #grateful to be home for #thanksgivingdinner #dinner with #family.”
A second source tells us that Roker remains “positive,” despite his health issues.
“Al is the most positive, upbeat and energetic person. Everyone is rooting for him.
A “Today” spokesperson told Page Six, “Al is moving forward on the road to recovery. He has the unwavering love and support of Deborah, her children and her entire family TODAY.
“He is beyond grateful for the outpouring of good wishes, and we can’t wait to have him back with us in the studio and with our viewers at home.”
A Tesla spokesperson did not immediately respond to us about the Roberts lockout, an issue that is believed to occur after the car battery dies.
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