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The Word: Al Roker is not dead — he just overslept

Al Roker needed his beauty rest. Credit, Getty Al Roker needed his beauty rest. Credit, Getty

After 39 years, it was bound to happen — Al Roker overslept on Tuesday morning, missing his 6 a.m early morning show, "Wake Up With Al," on The Weather Channel.

"After 39 years, it happened," tweeted Roker, 58. "I overslept and missed a show." He did, however, wake up in time to make it to "Today."

The morning show's host, Matt Lauer, had this quip: "I tweeted out Rip Van Roker, and I'm getting a lot of tweets back saying a lot of people though it was RIP Al Roker. Read carefully!"

 
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