Al Roker confronted Jimmy Fallon about the many jokes Fallon has made at Roker’s expense following the “Today” show weatherman’s revelation last month that he once had an unfortunate “accident” in his pants while visiting the White House.
Give Roker credit for courage: The story about how he lost control of his bowels was a serious one that he included in his new memoir, “Never Goin’ Back: Winning the Weight-Loss Battle For Good,” about his personal weight-loss battle and the gastric bypass surgery he underwent 2002.
On NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Thursday, Roker, 58, eventually got around to explaining why he went public with such a private and ultimately embarrassing story.
But that was after Fallon continued making jokes about it even as the comedian tried to explain why he can’t stop telling them. Jimmy’s reason: He just can’t control himself. “I can’t help it!” Jimmy declared. “I have a 12 year-old brain!”
Indeed, just before Roker came on stage, Fallon comically covered Roker’s guest chair with a protective covering of clear plastic. And, when the two were talking about Roker’s book, Fallon couldn’t restrain himself from joking: “It’s No. 2 on the bestseller list!”
“I have to make these jokes!” Jimmy said. To which Roker replied: “You don’t have to! You want to!”
Roker has been the butt of late-night monologue jokes and comedy routines ever since he first told the White House accident story when he was interviewed on NBC’s “Dateline” Jan. 6. David Letterman even did a “Top Ten” list on the subject that we reported on HERE.
But Roker was good-natured about the ribbing when he confronted Fallon about it on Thursday night. The “Today” show star had come on the “Fallon” show to promote the book, and also to clarify why he included the White House story in it. Since the book is a candid memoir of his weight-loss experiences, Roker said, he felt he had to include the anecdote because the accident was a result of the gastric bypass surgery he had recently undergone.
“Here’s the deal,” he told Fallon. “I wanted to be honest about gastric bypass. A lot of people don’t understand what goes into it and they say, ‘Oh, you had a bypass. You took the easy way out [of the battle against obesity].’ And it’s not.
“It’s a serious operation,” Roker continued. “One in 200 people die. There are big problems and if you eat the wrong things … and I was only one month out from having the operation [and] I ate the wrong thing and it was embarrassing. But I just felt like it wouldn’t be honest not to tell the story.”
Roker added: “I’ve been back to the White House about seven times and there’s never been a problem, so it’s worked out OK!”