[VIDEO] Savannah Guthrie denies flipping Matt Lauer the bird

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   March 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

With media reporters desperate for any news of Matt Lauer's future at NBC's struggling "Today" show, the Peacock network can't afford any more bad press. Lauer already apologized Friday to a former intern who said he was "not nice."

But fellow "Today" show host Savannah Guthrie, who replaced Ann Curry last year, appeared to give Lauer the middle finger during a segment on vacuum cleaners. After Lauer joked that it was "the first time Savannah has ever used a vacuum," Guthrie stepped away and pointed a finger up in the air at her co-host.

Guthrie immediately defended the move, claiming that she had only thrown Lauer her index finger.

She also poked fun at what she termed a "faux controversy" on Twitter after the show, retweeting Lauer's joke that he had "stormed out" of the office in anger:

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