People have been expressing concern for Al Roker after he reported live from scene amid Hurricane Ida and now he’s responding to all the viral tweets.
Over the weekend, Roker was at the scene in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, where the hurricane was about the make landfall. He was seen with his feet in the water while the waves splashed around him and winds gushed in the air.
A viral tweet with video from the broadcast said, “Al roker is 67 lmao nbc doing him dirty.”
Celebs like Mia Farrow, comedian Loni Love, and author Chuck Wendig were among those who expressed their concern for the NBC weatherman.
Click inside to read Al Roker’s response…
Al appeared on MSNBC’s The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart later that day and revealed that he actually volunteered to cover the hurricane.
He said, “‘Why is NBC putting him out there?’ I volunteered to come out here. This is what I do. I’ve done this for 40 years. Our crews, we all make sure we’re safe. We’re not going to do something that’s going to put ourselves [in] harm’s way. As much as I love the weather and I love NBC, I’m not gonna risk my life for it.”
Al continued, “‘Well, he’s too old to be doing this?’ Well, hey guess what? Screw you! These young punks. I will come after them. I will drop them like a bag of dirt.”
Al later tweeted, “For all those who were worried about me out on #lakepontchartrain covering #Ida a) I volunteered to do this. Part of the job. b) My crew and I were safe and we are back at our hotel and c) for those who think I’m too old to to be doing this, try and keep up.”
Did you see Al‘s happy news from a couple months ago?
— The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (@TheSundayShow) August 29, 2021
For all those who were worried about me out on #lakepontchartrain covering #Ida a) I volunteered to do this. Part of the job. b) My crew and I were safe and we are back at our hotel and c) for those who think I’m too old to to be doing this, try and keep up pic.twitter.com/DctJBFKD0D
— Al Roker (@alroker) August 29, 2021