Al Roker has a precise message for viewers and media workers concerned for his safety as he continues to provide in-depth coverage of severe weather and natural disasters.
The NBC meteorologist and “Today” co-host was inundated with worried tweets this weekend after “Meet the Press” released footage showing him being hit by rain and wind as Hurricane Ida sank. fell on New Orleans.
“It’s dangerous and ridiculous,” the Fuller Project’s wrote Lisa Tozzi. Author added Steve silberman: “That moment in a long and distinguished career where you say to yourself, ‘I’m way too old to keep doing this shit.'”
The only person who wasn’t fazed, however, was Roker himself. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” he gently reminded fans that he is a seasoned professional and, as insecure as the footage looks, there is a lot going on behind the scenes to make sure he doesn’t. was never in danger.
“I volunteered to come here,” said Roker, who turned 67 on August 20. “That’s what I do. I’ve been doing this for 40 years. Our crews, we all make sure we’re safe.
As for those who think he should leave such tasks to the younger staff at NBC, he joked, “Fuck you!”
“These young punks,” he told host Jonathan Capehart. “I will come after them. I’ll drop them like a sack of dirt!
He reiterated the sentiment on Twitter on Sunday with a short clip showing him removing his boots in a bathtub.
“For those who think I’m too old to do this, try to keep going,” he wrote.
Among those who applauded Roker for his tenacity was “Reading Rainbow” actor and host LeVar Burton.
Hurricane Ida struck Sunday, coinciding with the 16th anniversary of Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.
One death on Monday was attributed to the Category 4 storm, which also left millions of people without power and temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.
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