Al Roker Oversleeps for First Time in 39 Years, Misses Morning Show

Al Roker appears on NBC News' "Today" show
After 39 years, Al Roker finally overslept, missing his morning TV show Wake Up with Al on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty

It finally happened. After 39 years, Al Roker revealed on the Today show that he slept in and missed the taping of his early morning TV show, Wake Up with Al on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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"My phone didn't go off," the veteran NBC weatherman explained to colleagues Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales. "And somebody said, 'What's your backup?' I said, 'For 39 years I didn't need one!'"

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After staying up late with his son Nicholas Albert, 11, the TV personality admitted he "just overslept." He then jokingly suggested that they should rename his Weather Channel show's title to Al, Wake Up!

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Though Roker, 58, didn't miss the Today show, his absence from the 6:00 a.m. program did make his TV family worried. "We all start getting in a panic around here because we can set our clocks to when Al Roker comes in singing the 'A-Team' theme song," Morales joked.

Making light of the situation, Roker later posted a yawning Vine video to his Twitter, and asked fans to share their own oversleeping stories.

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