Savannah Guthrie appeared giving her co-host Matt Lauer middle finger during "Today" morning show broadcast on Friday, March 29 when they talked about using vacuum cleaners. However, Guthrie denied the allegation, writing on her Twitter account, "Folks!! That was my INDEX finger! Photo evidence proving my innocence coming! #fingergate #TGIF."
Previously, on a segment of the morning breakfast show, Lauer told the camera, "By the way this is the first time Savannah has ever vacuumed," after she appeared having difficulties with the machine. Guthrie replied, "That is not true. That is not true." She turned to scowl and gave him a finger.
Executive producer of "Today", John Nash, supported Guthrie's statement, saying, "We have examined the tape... index finger indeed. #phew." Guthrie retweeted his tweet, writing, "I can't believe you doubted me!!" She also gave a screenshot of the scene "for all you doubters."
Lauer later tweeted his co-host, sending a picture of him leaving a room. "@SavannahGuthrie Me storming out of the office after after your middle finger salute," Lauer wrote. Guthrie replied, "Ooooh you do look mad #fauxcontroversy."
Although Lauer's tweet seemed to be meant as a joke, some people thought that the tweet was a confirmation of Guthrie giving him obscene gesture. "@SavannahGuthrie, [Matt Lauer] glad something so immature is so flippant to you. Shows your real character. #offensive," a person tweeted. Another said, "@SavannahGuthrie what message does the backwards index finger send?" Another Twitter user wrote, "It may have been your #indexfinger but your face says #middlefinger."