Live television is a tricky thing. Part of what makes it so electric and exciting to watch is seeing it all play out without editing or prerecording. And from Saturday Night Live to The Academy Awards, to your daily news, live television also comes with the possibility of flubs and mishaps- all of which can instantly go viral. And that's exactly what happened yesterday on NBC's The Today Show. Co-host Savannah Guthrie just returned from maternity leave, and she was understandably a bit rusty. This, plus her usually quirky and socially awkward personality, resulted in a great flub to usher her first full week back.
During yesterday's Today Show, the hosts were discussing a new study that reveals women with children sleep less than their male partners. And when Savannah Guthrie tried to speak about her marriage with her husband Mike, she accidentally called him Matt. Check it out.
Well, that's certainly one way to make your audience laugh in the morning. This epic flub got the entire cast and crew of The Today Show laughing, truly signaling that Savannah Guthrie is back again.
Considering yesterday was only Savannah's third day back on the job, I think she deserves a few mixups like this down the line. Working as an anchor on such a high speed environment would make most people's head spin, and jumping back into the fray seems very daunting.
Of course, part of what makes Savannah Guthrie so great to watch on The Today Show is her delightfully imperfect personality. She's the most awkward and goofy member of the cast by far, and her silliness was sorely missed during her maternity leave. These traits are what make her such a great partner for Matt Lauer, who is usually much more uptight and serious.
Then again, Matt Lauer did have some fun in the above clip. He quickly jumped back on camera to deliver an epic face palm, and joke that he and Savannah were trying to keep their hidden affair a secret.
It's safe to say that Lauer is likely very happy to have his co-host return to the show. Interestingly enough, Matt Lauer is actually at the top of the Capital Building in Washington D.C. during this clip. Just off camera left is the National Mall, and he was given access to a bunch of off limits areas in the Capital.
The Today Show airs weekdays on NBC, complete with a newly returned Savannah Guthrie.