Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus (GETTY IMAGES / December 1, 2010)

NEW YORK (KTLA) -- Designer and talk show host Nate Berkus was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo an appendectomy.

Berkus appeared on the Today show Tuesday morning despite feeling ill. A rep told People magazine that, "He powered through and then went straight to the hospital after that and they learned he had appendicitis."

Berkus will postpone scheduled tapings of his syndicated show but he hopes to return to work next week.

His spokesperson says doctors expect a quick recovery.

The 39-year-old is the first openly gay man to host a nationally syndicated daytime talk show.