Al Roker Breaks Silence on Viral Popularity of Incontinence Story (Video)

Al Roker

"Which is different than our tradition, which is to throw one of us under the bus."

"I'm laughing all the way to the bank," the "Today" personality says.

Al Roker has broken his silence on the viral popularity of a recent Dateline interview, in which he described an incident in which he lost control of his bowels while visiting the White House -- a byproduct of the gastric bypass surgery that helped him drop 140 pounds.

VIDEO: Al Roker: 'I Pooped My Pants' at White House

Cornered by a TVNewser reporter on a New York street, the Today personality admitted to being surprised at the tidal wave of "poop" jokes that followed his admission.

"It wasn't until it was picked up by a website. It had been on the air for three days. No big deal -- but when you put it on a website...It's where we are today," Roker said.

Looking at the silver lining, Roker thinks ultimately that mockery over the embarrassing revelation led to increased sales of his new book,  Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight-Loss Battle For Good.

"At the end of the day, I've got a New York Times best seller...I'm laughing all the way to the bank," he said.