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OTRC: Al Roker 'amazed' at attention given to embarrassing White House story - Video

Al Roker appears in a 2012 promotional photo for NBC's 'Today' show. (NBC)

Al Roker is "amazed" at the response to a story he told during an interview he gave to "Dateline" about his struggle to lose weight and his motivation to stay fit in 2013.

During the interview, Roker revealed that while on a press visit to the White House about a month after his gastric bypass surgery, he ate something he shouldn't have and had an accident in his pants while trying to be discreet about passing gas.

"A little something extra came out," Roker explained to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who was interviewing the "Today" weatherman.

Dr. Snyderman replied, "You pooped in your pants."

"I pooped in my pants," Roker admitted.

Roker talked about the clip with his fellow "Today" show personalities during a segment that highlighted the most buzzed about news items from the previous day. The segment can be viewed below.

"I'm just kind of amazed that this is such a big deal," Roker said on the "Today" show on January 8 laughing. "I put that in the book 'Never Goin' Back' because I wanted people to realize that there are, you know, consequences to gastric bypass surgery or any kind of gastric surgery."

"Some of them embarrassing, others can be life threatening or fatal," he added. "Look, the good news is the book title does not refer to the White House because I have been back a number of times without incident."

Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002. He lost over 100 pounds but during the "Dateline" interview, he revealed he struggled with keeping the weight off. He said he once weighed 340 pounds at his heaviest and currently weighs 208 pounds.

His book "Never Goin' Back" was released on December 31, 2012. Check out Roker's reaction to his story below.

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