Thursday, January 26, 2006

Al Roker Celebrates 10 Years on 'Today'

From Yahoo! News -- "He's only two-thirds the man he used to be, but Al Roker won't be eating heartily to celebrate 10 years on NBC's "Today" show. He's dieting.

"Today" was to mark the formerly rotund weatherman's anniversary on the air Friday.

"I was just thrilled to get the gig to begin with," Roker told The Associated Press. "Ten years later to still have it is not only thrilling but also somewhat of a puzzlement."

Due to his gastric bypass operation in 2002, Roker spent the past few years as the incredibly shrinking man. With the Winter Olympics again near, his thoughts drift to the Salt Lake City games in 2002, just weeks before he went into surgery.

"I ate myself stupid," he said. "I thought, `I'm never going to eat like this again.' The only trick was to make sure I didn't have a heart attack before I did the deal."

He was 330 pounds at his peak, and bottomed out at 200. He has gone back up to 225 pounds, which is why he's trying to take some more off now.

"Today" is on a high right now, having beaten back a challenge from ABC's "Good Morning America." During the week of Jan. 16, the "Today" lead was up to 1.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research."

To continue reading this story, go to Yahoo! News.

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