Guthrie Flips Off Lauer on The Today Show

    March 29, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Poor Matt Lauer. In-between dealing with the fallout from this week’s New York Magazine expose on the troubled firing of Ann Curry from the Today Show and apologizing to former interns over Twitter, the man just can’t seem to get along with his newest female co-host.

Lauer and co-host Savannah Guthrie were out in Times Square doing a segment on vacuum cleaners this morning when Guthrie had a little trouble operating the confusing device. As the segment wrapped up, Lauer cracked that it was “the first time Savannah has ever vacuumed.”

Guthrie took offense to the joke and let fly with a spontaneous one-finger salute in Lauer’s direction.

Guthrie has since claimed via Twitter that she actually raised her index finger, not her middle finger:

However, viewers who saw the live performance are feeling pretty certain that Guthrie’s middle finger was the one raised. Watch the video below and decide for yourself:

Whichever finger that was, the intent behind it was clear, though the gesture certainly seems playful rather than mean-spirited. Either way, I think we can all agree that the vacuum cleaner salesperson needs to work on her pitch.

(Image courtesy @markashby11 via Twitter)

  • Richard C. French

    Whoever hired Savannah Guthrie at NBC should be fired!!! She has no business being a Host on a prestigous show like Today whether you like Today or not. At best, she belongs in the minor leagues of TV. NBC, get rid of her right now before you “go down the drain”. Shes not worth it!!!

  • Marva Grant

    I liked Ann curry and Matt Lauer is not worth $25 million over 2 years, much less 1 year. The way Ann was removed was heartless and cold. I cried with her on her last day. Ann Curry was always reporting on something of interest,she would try anything. Savannah is ok, but not like Ann or Meredith. I no longer look at the Today show, but switched to GMA, and have not looked back. All of my family members made the switch too. The Today show deserves to be behind GMA. SHAME ON YOU MATT!!!!!

  • Rosemary Couser

    I have not watch the Today Show since the day Ann Curry cried. Whoever is in charge of NBC should be fired. Now Jay Leno and Jenna Wolfe. What a bunch of morons!