TODAY host Craig Melvin couldn’t help but poke fun at a reporter on the show this week following a clumsy on-air gaffe.
Craig, 43, was hosting Friday’s edition of the program alongside Sheinelle Jones when the accident happened.
Near the start of the show, the duo went live to Michigan to talk to Shaquille Brewster about the bomb cyclone, which is expected to trigger blizzard conditions in various states.
Sheinelle, 44, introduced him and said, “Okay, let’s go to Benton Harbor, Michigan, where the snow can be measured in feet. NBC’s Shaquille Brewster is here for us, check this out! Shaq, hello, my God!”
As the camera cut to Shaquille, who was dressed in a black coat and ski goggles, he replied, “Hello Savannah, well we are feeling the effects of this huge storm here…” clearly forgetting that he was talking to Sheinelle.
When the show was cut back to the studio, Craig couldn’t help but recognize Shaquille’s on-air gaffe.
“So cold there, Shaq thought you were Savannah!” Craig teased, as Sheinelle laughed and said, “I know!”
This certainly isn’t the first time father-of-two Craig has poked fun at his co-host this week.
During Thursday’s show, Craig joked that Sheinelle had “come a long way” after seeing a picture of herself with suspenders and a daring sweater from when she was in seventh grade.
Craig and Sheinelle sat down with their present day co-hosts Dylan Dreyer, Peter Alexander and Carson Daly to look through some old photos.
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An image flashed across the screen of a fresh-faced Sheinelle wearing a black and green striped sweater.
She said, “Woah. It’s seventh grade. Me and my best friend had matching sweaters that my grandma made.”
Dylan asked, “Craig, what are your thoughts right now?”
Craig said sarcastically, “You know, Sheinelle just came a long way. A long way.”
The group laughed during the awkward moment before moving on to Dylan, who looked unrecognizable with a perm and huge sophomore glasses.
The co-host backed off and said, “My mom gave me a perm.
in second year.”
Craig was not spared embarrassment as the panel was then shown a photo of himself with oversized glasses while playing the violin.
Carson joked, “Is that Urkel?”
Craig admitted, “You know what, that was my nickname.”
Carson then said, “You’re looking at Bell Biv and DeVoe,” referring to Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe of 90s R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe.