Today Show anchors and staff serenade Al Roker as he recovers from blood clots at home

When Al Roker opened his door on Monday, he was greeted by a large group of carolers, many of whom were members of his TODAY family.

The touching incident occurred just hours after the beloved weatherman made his first television appearance via Zoom since being admitted to the hospital in mid-November for blood clots in his legs and lungs.

The sweet serenade was broadcast on TODAY on Wednesday morning.

Fans quickly became aware of the 68-year-old’s absence from the morning show.

Roker explained his absence on Instagram on November 18th, saying he had been hospitalized  “with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs.”

“After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery.”

His absence was particularly felt during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was his first parade absence in 27 years.

Roker, on the other hand, had a special day because he was released from the hospital just in time to watch the parade and eat Thanksgiving dinner.

Unfortunately, his stay at home was brief. Roker returned to the hospital after the holiday, where he had been for several weeks.

Because of his second hospitalization, he was unable to host the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.

He had only recently returned home.

“Listen, it’s been a tough slog. I’m not going to deny this,” he said Monday during a video appearance on TODAY. “It’s been the hardest one yet, and you know I’ve had my share of surgeries. It gives you a profound sense of gratitude for this outpouring of prayers and thanks. I’m a very fortunate person.”

Roker explained his sickly appearance and why he did not intend to return to his weatherman duties just yet.

“You lose a certain amount of muscle mass for every week you’re in the hospital, and I was in the hospital for four weeks,” he said. “It’s just a certain amount of weakness. I’m doing physical therapy every day, occupational therapy. I’ve got to just get my strength back.”

Despite his health issues, he stated, “I feel good, I feel strong, and every day I feel a little bit better.”

While fans across the country have sent prayers and well wishes, his TODAY family surprised him at home with their own rendition of “Jingle Bells” and a special version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Dylan Dreyer (who has been filling in for Roker), Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Jenna Bush Hager, and a slew of other TODAY staff members serenaded an emotional Al Roker in front of his New York City home.

“It was one of the most heartwarming moments I think (for) all of us,” Guthrie said of the moment. “Everybody was in tears, and it was just beautiful and so wonderful to see him.” 

“It’s impressive you did that without a prompter,” Roker joked. But then he got serious and thanked everyone for their help over the last few weeks.

“I’ve missed you all so, so very much, all these faces,” he said. “It just means the world to me and to our family and my Deborah, who’s just been my rock. I thank you so much. I really appreciated it.”