Savannah Guthrie flips off Matt Lauer over bad vacuum joke?

Posted at 7:37 PM, Mar 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-29 19:39:01-04

Matt Lauer went for one too many jokes at Savannah Guthrie’s expense and appeared to get the finger from his co-host Friday morning.

The apparent bird sighting happened during a strange segment where Guthrie tried to vacuum cheerios off a rug while Lauer watched and made fun of her.

Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie appears to flip off co-host Matt Lauer during a testy vacuum comparison segment.

“And Savannah can’t even figure out how to turn it on,” Lauer begins as a flustered Guthrie protests, “I do know how to turn it on, I just can’t make it go back…don’t make me look bad.”

Lauer then comments on the portability of the vacuum, noting, “It’s good if you have a bad back and you can’t bend over like this one here for Savannah.”

“This is not a good example,” Guthrie replies.

“By the way, this is the first time Savannah has ever vacuumed,” Lauer piles on, turning his back on his co-host.  A fed-up Guthrie says, “That is not true,” and appears to throw up the middle finger in his direction.

Guthrie admits she made the gesture, but claimed on Twitter that it was not the middle finger, adding the hashtag #fingergate and #TGIF.

Things have been rocky at NBC’s morning show with rumors swirling about Lauer’s future.  In the news recently was Anderson Cooper, who may be in the running for the anchor position.

Lauer, who is reportedly making $25 million a year, was seen by many as having contributed to the indelicate firing of Ann Curry.  Judging from the tone Lauer uses while digging at Guthrie like a man in an unhappy marriage, it’s starting to look like the current anchors may not be getting along so well off the set either.