Al Roker Opens Up About His Son's Developmental Struggles For The First Time Ever

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Most celebrities are under pressure to look and act a certain way in front of the public.

They create a persona that's different from what they're really like once the cameras stop rolling, and thanks to this disillusionment, we often forget that Hollywood stars and other famous personalities are people just like us.

Like the average joe, celebrities also have real problems that even money can't solve.

In recent times, many stars have actually drifted away from this aspect of celebrity culture, in order to paint a more realistic picture of what their lives are really like when no one is looking.

NBC anchor Al Roker is among these celebrities.

Al Roker

Fans of the Today Show are very familiar with Roker's infectious optimism, but what many don't know is that a few years ago he faced a couple of personal challenges that tested his faith and positivity.

In 2001, Roker had total knee replacement on his left knee, then a year later, he underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose weight and get healthy.

He did shed over 100 pounds since, but it turns out, the side effects were less than pleasant. He admitted on national television that he soiled his pants while visiting the White House after the surgery.

"When you have a bypass and your bowel has been reconstructed, you think you're pretty safe," he explained. "I probably went off and ate something I wasn't supposed to."

"I pooped my pants," Roker confessed. "Not horribly, but enough that I knew... So, I was panicking. So I got to the restroom of the press room, threw out the underwear and just went commando."

Three years after the weight loss procedure, Roker went under the knife again. This time, it was to fix a problem with his back.

As hard as it's been dealing with all these health complications, there was another issue that had Roker and his wife, ABC News journalist Deborah Roberts, up at night: their son's condition.

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