Table of Contents
- What Is Al Roker’s Net Worth, and What Is His Salary for Replacing Megyn Kelly on ‘Today’?
- Al Roker’s net worth is $30 million
- Al Roker’s Today show salary
- What Roker had to say about Kelly’s comments
- Al Roker wishes Matt Lauer well two years after firing from ‘Today’
- Al Roker explains why the keto diet works for him
- How to watch the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center
- How to stream the show
- How to watch it live
What Is Al Roker’s Net Worth, and What Is His Salary for Replacing Megyn Kelly on ‘Today’?
Al Roker is back in the anchor’s seat at the Today show. Roker, along with Jenna Bush Hager and Craig Melvin, has stepped in to fill Megyn Kelly’s spot in the third hour of NBC’s morning show. Kelly was fired after her controversial remarks regarding Halloween and dressing in blackface.
Roker is the weatherman on the Today show and previously hosted the third hour of the program, then known as Today’s Take. Roker lost his hosting spot when Today’s Take was canceled in 2017 and replaced by Megyn Kelly Today.
Al Roker’s net worth is $30 million
Al Roker | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Food Bank for New York City
New York native Roker has been working in television since the 1970s and a Today show anchor since 1996. Over the years, he’s gone from just reporting on the weather to more traditional hosting duties, like interviewing guests. He’s also hosted his own show on the Weather Channel, written several books, both fiction and nonfiction, and appeared on Broadway. He even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest live TV weather report.
A long and successful career has led to a substantial net worth for Roker. He’s worth an estimated $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Al Roker’s Today show salary
We don’t know exactly what NBC pays Roker for appearing on Today, but given that he’s spent more than 20 years on the show and is immensely popular with viewers, we bet it’s a substantial amount.
However, Roker definitely wasn’t the top-paid anchor on the morning broadcast. According to one report, Roker makes less than half of what Kelly was earning. That would put Roker’s Today show salary at less than $10 million a year. Roker also makes far less than former Today show anchor Matt Lauer did. Before he was fired in 2017 for sexual misconduct, Lauer earned a reported $20 to $25 million a year.
Megyn Kelly’s salary was reportedly close to Lauer’s – around $20 million a year. But despite Kelly’s three-year, $69 million contract, NBC wasn’t seeing the results it wanted from her show, according to Variety. Her show wasn’t performing as well in the ratings as its predecessor, which featured Roker and other anchors. Kelly’s incendiary comments were apparently the final straw for the network. Kelly’s other show with NBC, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, aired for just eight episodes but wasn’t officially canceled until October 2018.
Hoda Kotb, who replaced Lauer in 2017, reportedly earns around $7 million a year. That’s the same as what NBC pays co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. Kotb has been with NBC since 1998 and on the Today show since 2008.
What Roker had to say about Kelly’s comments
Megyn Kelly | Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Fortune
During her October 23 show, Kelly said, while discussing Halloween costumes, “Back when I was a kid, was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.” She quickly came under fire for her comments. Roker was among those criticizing her. Though Kelly apologized to the Today show staff for her insensitive remarks, that wasn’t enough, he said.
“The fact is while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country. This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows, to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right,” Roker said during an episode of the Today show last week.
“I’m old enough to have lived through Amos ‘n’ Andy where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters, Roker added, discussing the radio and TV program featuring white actors playing black characters that aired from 1928 to 1960. Blackface is “just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people. And that’s what the big problem is.”
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Al Roker wishes Matt Lauer well two years after firing from ‘Today’
Al Roker shared he does not think much about Matt Lauer since the former broadcaster was fired from the “Today” show in 2017.
While at the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Summer 2019 TCA press tour, Roker opened up about his former colleague in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I’m sure he’s doing well,” he told ET’s Katie Krause. “I don’t really talk about that much but we wish him well.”
While Roker remains on “Today,” he shared that he is hoping to find a way to bridge the gap and help the next generation of broadcasters, according to ET.
“I don’t know if anybody really knows where media is going,” he added. “It’s going, and I think your best bet is to be as well prepared for it as possible.”
More:A year after Matt Lauer firing, ex-reporter calls out NBC. Comcast says she’s wrong.
Roker has not made many statements about Lauer in the past other than his reaction to the first public statement made following Lauer’s firing for allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior in 2017.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement in the days following his firing. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
Roker addressed the controversy at the time, noting he and the other hosts were “dealing with the news of our friend of 30 years, and we’re all trying to process it,” adding, “We’ll deal with it along with you folks, as well.”
More:Matt Lauer scandal: There may be as many as 8 victims, Lauer breaks his silence
Several accusers told Variety “they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears.” NBC has denied this telling NBC News “current NBC News management was never made aware.”
NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk said in November 2017 that are as many as eight accusers, though tallying is difficult as the accounts have been anonymous.
After the bombshell allegations, Lauer and his wife Annette Roque officially filed for divorce in early July.
Roque filed for divorce earlier this month after 21 years of marriage, according to Suffolk County Court documents. The two have three children: sons Jack, 18, and Thijs, 12, and daughter Romy, 15.
NBC’s “Today” show celebrated 25 years of their morning show at Studio 1A. To mark the anniversary, the network shared a 5-minute video celebrating “special moments” over the years that didn’t include Lauer, despite his 20 plus years on the show.
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A Twitter user got the clapback of a lifetime when he decided to question how Al Roker is able to give weather updates.
The user replied to a Nov. 15 tweet from the “Today Show” that included a clip of the longtime weatherman discussing the macro-scale extra-tropical cyclone snowstorm known as a Nor’easter, which affected 123 million Americans residing along the East Coast.
Al Roker attends the Broadway opening-night performance for “Network” at the Belasco Theatre on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
“Still not sure why @alroker is doing weather reporting when he’s not even a meteorologist,” tweeted Bruce Freundlich, or @taxfoe, on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Several Roker fans chimed in to defend the “Today” staple.
“He’s also a talented TV personality DOING HIS JOB! Get over it!”
“That not nice. Al is a good guy and I like his weather reports. If you don’t like it don’t watch him. It not nice to say mean things.”
“Again .. 11 followers.”
“He’s a fellow SUNY Oswego Alum. He knows winter weather!!”
But Roker didn’t need the help for long. He hit back at @taxfoe himself tweeting, “Me either, but I’m still cashing the checks. Merry Christmas!”
Roker has been a full-time part of NBC’s flagship morning show as a featured anchor and weatherman since January 1996, and although he has an American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, he only took one meteorology course to fulfill a science requirement while obtaining his communications degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, according to Biography.com. Still, he leveraged that to land a weekend job as a weatherman at a CBS affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. By the time longtime weatherman Willard Scott was ready to step away from “Today,” he recommended Roker, his protégé, to replace him.
It’s no secret that Al Roker loves to cook, especially if you follow him on social media. He recently revealed that one of his favorite things to whip up in the kitchen is Sam Sifton’s no-recipe sloppy Joes from NYT Cooking. To keep things keto, he serves the saucy meat his favorite low-carb bread.
Sam Sifton’s ‘No Recipe’ Sloppy Joes
“This is a no-recipe recipe, a recipe without an ingredients list or steps. It invites you to improvise in the kitchen,” writes Sifton. The result is a no-stress, comforting dinner that can be made in minutes.
Al told TODAY Food, “You can put almost anything you want in it. I mean, let’s face it, sloppy Joe is basically a meat sauce, it’s like a Bolognese. But you can put mushrooms in it, peppers, onions, all this stuff, and you just pour it over the bread, and you’re done. And if you make a double batch of it, freeze the other part, and you can use it as a pasta sauce.”
Al Roker’s Favorite Keto Bread
Al Roker’s favorite low-carb, keto-friendly bread comes from keto food blogger Maria Emmerich of Maria Mind Body Health.
“You still can’t eat slices and slices and slices, but it gives you just a little toothsome reminder of bread,” said Al. “It’s versatile because you can make rolls, you can make a small loaf, you can do whatever you need to, and I made a hamburger bun, basically, for sloppy Joes.”
If you like those healthy recipes, you should also try these:
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Sunny’s Black Bean Burgers
Turkey Taco Salad
Al Roker is all about the wildly popular high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet. And his breakfast routine is looking pretty tasty.
For people giving the trendy diet a go, it can be intimidating to find the right recipes that fit into a daily meal plan. Whether it’s drawing inspiration from keto influencers on Instagram or just following Al’s Twitter account, there are plenty of delicious dishes to try that will make a carb-free life easy as pie (except, you know, without pie).
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Cobb Salad in a Crispy Bacon Cup
Evidence of Al’s keto devotion pops up almost on a daily basis and, since he’s a killer home cook, you can bet what he makes is going to be good and full of flavor.
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On Tuesday, Al posted a tasty little video of his breakfast: scrambled eggs atop keto bread, a recipe by keto cookbook author and nutrition consultant Maria Emmerich. Al also enjoyed his morning coffee in his NBC News Weather mug.
Gotta say, this #keto #bread #recipe by @MariaEmmerich is fantastic. It’s easy and it’s satisfying. It has 2 net grams of #carbs per serving pic.twitter.com/0jkat3LxXX
— Al Roker (@alroker) February 19, 2019
Al described the homemade bread as “easy” to make and “satisfying,” plus it has only 2 net grams of carbohydrates per serving, making it pretty unique as far as breads go.
People looking to try the nearly carb-free bread can check it out (along with a keto-friendly meatball sub) on Emmerich’s website.
The bread, which she calls a “Healthified Sub,” contains no yeast.
Instead, Emmerich crafts the dark, fluffy dough from blanched almond or coconut flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, eggs, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar.
Maria Emmerich Maria Emmerich
Later on Tuesday, Al posted his evening meal, a beautiful steak dinner, and made plenty of his followers salivate once again. Because, yes, a well-peppered, salty strip steak is keto friendly, of course. Al enjoyed the steak with a hefty side of roasted orange and purple cauliflower florets.
Tonight, I’m trying @FiveMarys Farm #newyorkstrip #steak for the first time along with orange and purple #cauliflower pic.twitter.com/gLPQdTArYx
— Al Roker (@alroker) February 19, 2019
Some people thought the meal looked good enough to eat — even before it was cooked.
— 🧭 Jack DeBiasi 🔭 (@realjackhq) February 20, 2019
Our sentiments exactly.
Al Roker explains why the keto diet works for him
Jan. 11, 201901:19
- The 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit last night during NBC’s live broadcast.
- Leading up to the event, Al Roker of the Today show got into a lighthearted spat with a parody Twitter account of the Rockefeller Christmas tree.
All appeared cheery and bright during last night’s lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City. But little did anyone know that on Twitter, the famous tree and the Today show’s very own Al Roker were in the middle of a pun-slinging battle.
Since 2009, a parody Twitter account called 30 Rock Tree has been tweeting out sassy Christmas-themed jokes, much to the delight of sarcasm lovers everywhere. This year in particular though, @30RockTree and Al have been going at it online — that is, of course, all in good fun.
An example of this emerged following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After Al infamously pushed away a man dressed as a stick of butter during the event (an incredibly funny viral moment worth a watch below), the sarcastic conifer began to initiate trouble.
Happy Thanksgiving from Al Roker and this stick of butter. #MacysParade pic.twitter.com/QaAboXpV6b
— Ryan Bloomquist (@ryanbloomquist) November 28, 2019
I am coming for you, thank you very mulch https://t.co/ZZjMRRfXbt
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 2, 2019
It was on yet again the morning of the tree lighting. Everything began when the Rockefeller Tree jokingly tweeted, “Funny how the NBC employees at 30 Rock that mumbled not-so-nice things under their breath at me when when they walked by this morning will all of a sudden act like we’re best friends or something after they’ve had a few to drink at the party tonight.”
Seeing this, Al felt prompted to respond … twice. First, he joked, “That’s because they work at the branch office.” A minute later, Al threw out another pun: “Speaking of which, if anybody knows what it’s like to be ‘potted’ at the end of a big celebration, it’s you.” Ohhh, burnnn.
That’s because they work at the branch office https://t.co/nutNa6nMgq
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 4, 2019
Speaking of which, if anybody knows what it’s like to be “potted” at the end of a big celebration, it’s you https://t.co/nutNa6nMgq
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 4, 2019
Seeing Al’s comebacks, some folks on Twitter were inspired to tweet out clever replies of their own. “Come on Al, you’re barking up the wrong tree,” one fan wrote. “This is so ‘sappy’,” another one said.
Alas, by the time the Rockefeller Christmas tree lights flickered on for the first time this year, Al seemed to have changed his tune. “Hey @30RockTree looking pretty good tonight. Hope you had a good time. You look #lit,” he tweeted.
Hey @30RockTree looking pretty good tonight. Hope you had a good time. You look #lit pic.twitter.com/3mwqRbXQho
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 5, 2019
Looks like a spruce — er, truce – was reached, after all.
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You are probably pretty impatient at this point, having been made to wait for weeks to see your favorite tree get the attention it deserves. You are probably wondering when in the hell we’re finally going to let the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree really shine, seeing as it’s been sulking over the ice rink all dim and aimless and bored since freaking November.
Well! Ready your hand warmers, and your ponchos, and your attention-grabbing signs, because the time has come; we must light this sucker up, make it searingly jolly and inescapably bright, in keeping with a decades-old holiday tradition. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is this week. Wednesday night! Here’s everything you need to know.
Does the tree have a name? What should I call her?
Last year, our Yuletide titan was called Shelby, a moniker selected by her donors. This year’s sacrificial Norway Spruce does not answer to any specific name — or, if she does, her previous owner has kept it safe and secret. The pair have a long history, you see: Carol Schultz planted this beautiful, 12-ton behemoth in the yard of her Florida, New York home in 1959. Then a small sapling, it had just completed a rewarding stint as Schultz’s Christmas tree; now, it is a Christmas tree for all of us, towering over Rockefeller Plaza at an imposing 77 feet. In so doing, the tree has fulfilled her destiny.
“I always said, ‘You’re going to be up in Rockefeller Center someday and you’re going to be a beautiful tree when you get older,'” Schultz described her arboreal conversations, which I imagine as nurturing whispers, to the Today Show.
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It’s on its way! The 2019 #RockefellerCenter Christmas Tree was donated by Carol Schultz, who planted the tree in her front yard sixty years ago after using the sapling as her own Christmas tree in 1959.
Of course, the role of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree obligates all appointees to a third life as building material for Habitat for Humanity, a duty this tree will fulfill on January 17th. Like her predecessor, this majestic evergreen is altogether more than we deserve. But what should we call her? Please, have a gander at the below headshot, and tell me what your gut says:
Dashed Arrow There she goes! Scott Lynch/Gothamist
Yeah, I agree — she’s a total Judith, but on or around her third mug of hot wine, she’s definitely going to demand you call her Judy, because she’s not like other moms; she’s a cool mom. So, Judy it is! Glad we’re all in agreement.
When does Judy get glam?
To be very clear, Judy is already glam. When they strung her up on November 9th, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Task Force (this is not the official name, but let’s see if it sticks) gussied her up with a blinding blanket of 50,000 rainbow-hued LED bulbs, and a dazzling hat: That 900-pound, Swarovski-studded star we discussed a few weeks ago. And then they just left! Left her looming there, all dressed up with nowhere to go and no electricity to keep her warm.
Today, however, all that will change: Once it is dark, once the crowds have all crushed themselves into position and the moment is just right, Judy’s holiday sweater will blaze to life. All at once, she will radiate the splendor of approximately 1,000 suns, beaming out her holiday cheer to the slack-jawed masses while John Legend sings softly in the background.
If you would like to witness this spectacle, know that you must first weather a pre-show, which begins at 7 p.m. Or, well, not “must,” exactly: Although not mandatory, this event unavoidably kicks off the actual lighting ceremony, and considering that Judyheads are advised to plant around 3 p.m. but definitely no later than 4 (she’s a popular lady, what can I say), you will find yourself de facto obligated to watch it. The actual tree lighting ceremony runs from 8 to 10 p.m., with the light show projected to commence around 9 p.m.
Besides Judy, duh, who will be there?
Your hosts for the tree lighting ceremony will be, drumroll please, the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and Craig Melvin. Which you probably already knew, if you have attended the Tree Flare before. Veterans of our local yule rodeo will also be aware that Saved by the Bell’s Mario Lopez hosts the pre-show, along with NBC New York’s Natalie Pasquarella and Stefan Holt, son of Lester.
Throughout the night, you’ll enjoy the dulcet tones of John Legend, Brett Eldredge, Idina Menzel, Gwen Stefani, Lea Michele, Chicago (I’m assuming they mean the band?), NE-YO, Straight No Chaser, and various other entertainers.
Also in attendance: The ghosts of 86 Christmas Trees past, shambling all around you in an invisible Ent Moot, swaying to the soothing tunes. Some of you may sense their presence, even see a disembodied branch unfurl a piney tendril on your neighbor’s shoulder — even in death, these trees love the pageantry — or clock the falling of spectral needles on your head. Others won’t! But, little-known fact, these arboreal spirits will be there.
Do I need tickets?
Nope, just steely willpower and probably a bunch of layers.
How should I get there?
This year, you may find it easier to walk or take the subway: The Department of Transportation has implemented new pedestrian zones along Judy’s flanks—that means the pedestrianization of 49th and 50th Streets (from 2 p.m. to midnight on Monday through Thursday, from 1 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to midnight on the weekends); 5th and 6th avenues will each have a lane of traffic eliminated in that area to make way for pedestrians, as well. So, you can gape at Judy more freely, without having to worry about tipping backward into the path of a car when she inevitably knocks off your socks. Additionally, the following streets will be closed Wednesday:
- 5th Avenue between 46th Street and 52nd Street
- 6th Avenue between 46th Street and 52nd Street
- 46th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
- 47th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
- 48th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
- 49th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
- 50th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
- 51st Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
- 52nd Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
- Rockefeller Plaza between 48th Street and 51st Street
Given all that, driving seems like the worst thing you could do to yourself, but if you can’t get around it, you’d be wise to get your car the hell out of dodge well before 3 p.m. If you ask me, a person whose blood runs cold in large crowds, taking the subway to a medium-adjacent stop and walking into the fray is your best bet. Taking the subway to Rockefeller Center sounds absolutely harrowing.
Any way you slice it, you’re going to have to go through security in order to access the event, and are absolutely, positively BANNED from bringing umbrellas, backpacks, large bags, coolers, and alcoholic beverages into Judy’s house. She’s a cool mom, but she’s not irresponsible! The Weather does not appear to have any storms up her sleeve, but you may want to bring some kind of rain gear if you are the sort of person who prizes constant preparedness.
What else should I bring?
Maybe a bunch of pads? Because you already know navigating the bathroom line, and the high-traffic Port-a-Potties at the end of it, will be akin to passing through two concentric circles of hell. You may also want to bring water, beef jerky, whatever non-messy sundries you require to sustain yourself through seven to 10 hours of standing and walking and jostling and squatting and milling.
Sounds grim, can I watch from home?
If you think the incandescent bloom of so many thousands of lights will look as impressive on a computer screen as it does screaming straight into your naked eyeballs, and you have a cable login, be my guest: . You can also fire up an old fashioned TV set to tune in, be my guest. NBC is airing it from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
You can also go see Judy in person (which you know she would appreciate, I mean just a quick visit every once in a while, would it kill you?) from now until January 17th. She’ll be blazing from 6 p.m. to midnight every day except Christmas Day, when she’ll be lit all day, having had like six hundred mugs of hot wine. It’s the holidays, who’s counting?
How to watch the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is getting lit Wednesday night.
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” airs live from 8 to 10 p.m. on NBC. The 87th annual tree lighting ceremony will be hosted by “Today” show anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Al Roker.
The festive fête for the 77-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway Spruce tree will feature a staggering parade of performers including rock legends Chicago, Brett Eldredge, dancing siblings Derek and Julianne Hough, John Legend, Idina Menzel, “Glee” alum Lea Michele, Ne-yo, Gwen Stefani, Straight No Chaser, Skylar Astin and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” star Alex Newell.
In addition, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin and the Radio City Rockettes will grace the plaza, and Jon Bon Jovi will be featured in a pre-taped performance of his new song “Unbroken” from the Netflix documentary “To Be of Service,” about military veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Viewers will also see a performance (of “Jingle Bell Rock,” perhaps?) by the cast of Broadway’s “Mean Girls,” and — in the spirit of corporate synergy — “Saturday Night Live” cast members Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Colin Jost and Kenan Thompson will provide a little bit of jolly.
How to stream the show
In many markets, the telecast will be proceeded by a live, one-hour special starting at 7 p.m. and hosted by “Access Hollywood” co-host Mario Lopez and NBC4 anchors Stefan Holt and Natalie Pasquarella.
Starting at 6:40 p.m., New York affiliate NBC4 will air a behind-the-scenes show titled “Listen Up Live,” a hosted by Kay Angrum, on the station’s YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.
The lighting also will be streamed on NBC Live and Fubo.
How to watch it live
Thinking of watching the festivities in person? Bundle up — temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-30s with a 10-to-15 percent chance of precipitation. Midtown visitors should also brace for rampant street closures starting around 3 p.m. in the area between Fifth and Sixth avenues and 46th to 52nd streets. In other words, you might be better off steering clear and watching the festivities on the small screen.
More than 50,000 multicolored lights and a Swarovski crystal star will adorn this year’s towering Tannenbaum. The first Christmas tree was hoisted in Rockefeller Center in 1931, and the annual lighting ceremony debuted in 1993. NBC first televised the spectacle in 1951.
The tree will remain lit between 6 a.m. and midnight every day through Jan. 17, 2020, though the tree will for 24 hours on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Eve, visiting hours are restricted to between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
When the tree makes its exodus from the plaza early next year, it will be repurposed to build homes by Habitat for Humanity.