Al Roker got candid when he was asked about his New Year’s resolution during Thursday’s episode of “Today,”(per Entertainment Tonight).

“I want to be more patient, I think,” he said. “Especially toward the end of the week after I get a little tired, I tend to get a little short with Nick. I'm trying just to be a little more patient with people.”

Hoda Kotb admired Roker’s answer but insisted that he was a great parent.

“Al and I had the chance to celebrate New Year’s together and one of the things Joel and I both marvel at when it comes to you and your family is you and your son, Nick,” she said. “And I know there are a lot of great father-son relationships out there — there are probably a kazillion people watching right now— watching Nick rest his head on your shoulder may be one of the most beautiful sights that I have ever seen.”

“Joel and I often talk about you and your son because he’s an incredible kid. We’ve watched him grow over the years. He has an issue that he deals with, and you guys have figured [it] out.”

Roker responded back to Kotb explaining that his son is “a great kid.”

“The thing I love about him, that I admire about him, is that he is just kind of attacks it head-on,” he said. “He’s very goal-oriented, and he’s a great kid.”

Roker’s son, Nick, that they keep referring to is “on the spectrum.” In April 2019, Roker sat down with Guideposts Magazine to talk about this.

“Now that he’s 17, I can tell you that, yes, he’s somewhere on the spectrum and maybe obsessive-compulsive,” Roker said at the time. “But those labels can be frustrating; they don’t begin to describe who Nick really is.”


#happynewyear to all and here’s to a terrific #2020

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Roker is married to Deborah Roberts. Besides Nick, they share a 21-year-old daughter named Leila. Roker also has a 32-year-old adopted daughter named Courtney with his previous wife Alice Bell.

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People watch Al Roker doing the weather on the Today Show outside of 10 Rockefeller Plaza on December 1, 2009 in New York City. Michael Nagle/Getty Images