Like many parents, weatherman Al Roker is making the most of his quarantine time with his family, especially with his son, 17-year-old Nick Roker.
On the April 30 broadcast of the TODAY show, where Al Roker serves as weatherman, his son Nick joined him as a guest. “Here’s my little, although not so little [son], stand up buddy,” said Al when Nick sat next to him. Nick then stood up and was so tall that his head was out of the frame. Al’s co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Hoda Kotb all looked on in awe of Nick’s height.
“How tall is he again?” asked Hoda. As Nick walked away, Al replied: “He’s doing good. He’s, I don’t know, he’s about six-one.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 30, 2020
Al Roker shares Nick, along with his 21-year-old daughter Leila Roker with his wife, ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts. Nick and Al have spent much of their quarantine time cooking meals together on Instagram in short videos they call “What We’re Cooking.” In addition to appearing on the TODAY show with his father, Nick also served as the teleprompter for his mother Deborah on “Good Morning America” when she did a April 22 story on Broadway star Nick Cordero, who had his right leg amputated due to coronavirus complications.
Al Roker showed off a few photos of Nick assisting Deborah with the story on Instagram. In the caption he wrote: “This morning as @debrobertsabc gets ready to report on @goodmorningamerica about nickcordero1 and his wife’s @amandaklootsfitness efforts to help her husband with the help of @nick.roker155.”
Al Roker certainly cherishes the extra time he gets to spend with his son, especially since Nick could hardly walk or talk at three years old due to the developmental disabilities he was born with. However, with his family’s love and support, Nick blossomed into a black belt in taekwondo and a valued member of their local St. James Episcopal Church. Though Al has admitted that raising his special-needs son has been challenging at times, it has also given him much joy and he is quite proud of Nick.
“Do I get frustrated with my son sometimes? You bet,” says Al. “But then I remember my dad, how understanding he was. And Deborah reminds me that I have to show my son not only that I love him but that I like him as well. More than that, I admire him.”
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