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Al Roker's 'Dateline' interview clip goes viral

Clip reveals 'Today' weatherman pooped his pants at White House

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Jan 8, 2013 3:13PM

Al Roker has been working the talk show circuit lately to promote his new book, as all writers do. But while the "Today" weatherman was jockeying for extra press, he was surprised to find it via a "Dateline" clip in which he talked about accidentally pooping his pants at the White House over a decade ago.

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In March 2002, Roker was at the White House shortly after having gastric bypass surgery. He felt the needs to fart but turns out, underestimated the urge.


"I probably went off and ate something I wasn't supposed to," he recounted on "Dateline" on Jan. 6. "And as I'm walking to the press room, [I'm thinking] 'Well, I gotta pass a little gas here. I'm walking by myself. Who's gonna know?' Only a little something extra came out... I pooped my pants."

A panicked Roker ditched his dirty dirty drawers in a nearby bathroom and went commando for the rest of the day, lesson learned.


The admission clip went viral Monday. With a social media flare over Roker "sharting" himself, the hashtag #NeverTrustAFart was trending and poop aficionado Johnny Knoxville has invited Roker to shart in the next "Jackass" installment. 

"I'm just kind of amazed that this is such a big deal," Roker said of all the hubbub on Tuesday's "Today."

American loves potty humor, so the viral trend really shouldn't be a surprise, but Roker, who lost more than a 100 pounds after getting his stomach stapled, had serious intent when he shared the story.


"I put that in the book, 'Never Goin' Back,' because I wanted people to realize that there are consequences to gastric bypass surgery, or any kind of gastric surgery," he explained. "Some of them embarrassing, others can be life threatening or fatal."


The good-natured daytime vet revealed on "Today" that he has been invited back to the White House since his incident, but quipped that after the story going viral, "It could be rescinded."


"Today" airs weekday mornings on NBC.

"Dateline" airs Friday and Sunday nights on NBC. 

Jan 9, 2013 11:13AM

Dear Al, there are some things even for 15 minutes of fame you DON'T do or repeat......shting yourself is one of the un-manly things you don't expose......despite what they say men have certain dignities of self respect which we keep to our selves no matter what........Man up get a grip and respect yourself more you are in poor shape believe it or not.......well Big Boy your legacy is now set for life, here comes Mr. shty........

Jan 9, 2013 12:28AM
Save it for your 12-step "Squirters Anonymous" meeting, Al.
Jan 9, 2013 12:18AM
A very professional interview....It was funnier in my head. Especially the part when he ditched his dirty dirty drawers in a nearby bathroom. The guy that found must have been like WTF?!
Jan 8, 2013 11:19PM
When I had the H1N1 "Swine and Bird Flu" combined a few yrs ago, I couldn't even leave my house, it was so bad.  Now, did anyone want to hear that?  I doubt it.
Jan 8, 2013 10:13PM
That may not have needed to have been shared, BUT, I'm sure, gastric surgery or no,he's not the first to have experienced this before. Get over it people, it is a bodily function and not that big a deal.
Jan 8, 2013 9:54PM

Network news continues to sink to the bottom of the barrel.  Can one imagine Dave Garroway turning over and over and over in his grave at the thought of something this crude being spoken by a once-well-loved Today personality?


Many people go through unpleasant surgeries, treatments, and we wish them well.  What we do not want are crude and personal comments that should be kept for a chosen personal moment, not spouted off on national TV.


For good reasons, including Al's conduct, I have not watched those silly a.m. shows in years.  Time can be spent in much more productive ways.


Jan 8, 2013 9:23PM
Thanks for finally sharing this experience. I have went to many doctors and they tell me nothing is wrong but no one knows how embarrassing this is if it doesn't happen to him. Hats off for being a man that states facts when physicians don't.
Hey, give Al   a break!  The man has had bypass surgery; and with bypass surgery, these things can and will happen.  I know, because I have also had the bypass surgery back in 1999.  And still, if I eat the right things (and that changes from day to day), there is no telling how is will affect me.  I have peed trying to control my 'dump syndrome', run out of a restaurant to vomit in a garbage can (if you don't know where the bathrooms are), and on and on.  A little 'gas' can bring on things other than noxious fumes.  Like I said, give Al a break.  He is paying for it, believe me!

Jan 8, 2013 9:09PM
Really Al,  please share more. What hand do you wipe with. TMI , ever hear of that?
Jan 8, 2013 8:50PM
Who the freak wants to know about sh*t like that. I think these media people have lost all signs of noraml adult behavior
Jan 8, 2013 8:23PM

Hmmm...  If the truth be known, Mr. Roker might not be the first person to have experienced a "SURPRISE" at the White House.  Meaning that a Surprise is a fart with a lump in it. 


I can imagine that a visit to the White House, especially at the invitation of the President, might cause most people to be a tad more than nervous.  Such anxiety and stress might cause an uproar in one's bowels. 


It is well known that an extra dose of adrenaline can cause near instant shitting.  You've heard the term, "Being scared shitless" haven't you?  Well, that involves adrenaline and one's bowels.  Intense fear or excitement can cause an overdose of adrenaline, and nearly instantaneous

diarrhea.  Clearly, a result where one cannot run or hide.  Trust me on that one - been there done that.  


Mr. Roker is a better man than most, because he actually admitted what happened and is willing to talk about it.


Jan 8, 2013 7:33PM

I find it interesting that somebody dug up this eleven year old clip to post on the internet.  I think it's cool that he is open enough to talk about and tell us about his experience.  Thank God I'm not that overweight to require this sort of procedure. 


This is good information for those have ran out of options and considering this procedure.  At least they won't go into this blindly.


Thanks Al!

Jan 8, 2013 7:15PM

TMI  AL  why would you tell this story to anyone!  Didn't you know or didn't they tell you that this kinda thing happens.



Jan 8, 2013 7:11PM

I would rather hear about stephanie going commando.

Jan 8, 2013 6:55PM
Jan 8, 2013 6:35PM
Somethings you keep to yourself.I like Al, was watching when he brought it up and shook my head. We don't need to know this Al. It will be a game show question a hundred years from now,What 21st century celebrity crapped himself in the White House? 
Jan 8, 2013 6:34PM
Roker will do absolutely anything for a laugh.  To me he is, and always has been, a big bag of wind.  I guess that was proven 10 years ago.  ahahahahahaa. 
Jan 8, 2013 6:31PM
i suspected something foul.something stinks about this story.
Jan 8, 2013 6:20PM
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