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'Today' Fans Criticize Savannah Guthrie For 'Rude' Behavior Towards A-Line Guest On Live TV

On Dec. 16, Janet Jackson, 56, appeared on the breakfast show and chatted with Savannah Guthrie, as well as Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb, Dylan Dreyer and Carson Daly. But, Savannah and her co-hosts have been criticized for their treatment of the singer-songwriter on the show. For some reason, Janet was forced to stand during the interview while all the presenters sat on benches.

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Fans Accuse Savannah Guthrie of Snubbing Janet Jackson on TODAY Show

Despite the strange seating arrangements, Savannah, 51, later shared some photos of the TODAY co-hosts with Janet and simply captioned the post: “Miss Jackson!” Sadly, her followers weren’t impressed. Many were confused as to why Janet was left standing throughout the interview while all of the presenters were seated.

Commenting on the post, one person noted: “I wish you had offered her a seat. She even looked back to see if anyone had been brought to her. Very strange to make her stand. Another simply asked, “Why didn’t you give her a seat?” while another said: “Why was she on her feet for so long? That was the only thing that surprised me…” A fourth person even commented: “No seat. It was the weirdest interview with her since she’s standing and you’re all sitting,” while another fumed: “How dysfunctional they haven’t even offered her a chair, oh their heads are in the clouds lately.” Someone wondered: “How come there was no chair for her? Maybe she didn’t want to sit down? And someone else mentioned, “Nobody got her a chair? And Sheinelle kind of hijacked the whole segment and made it about her.” Damn it!

Sheinelle, 44, certainly shared an exceptional moment with Janet during her appearance on the TODAY show. The co-host and mother of three is such a superfan that she even dressed up as Janet for TODAY’s 2019 Halloween celebration (and performed “Rhythm Nation” with backup dancers!). Janet thanked Sheinelle for this honor via a recorded video message saying, “Hey Sheinelle, thank you so much for thinking of me and ‘Rhythm Nation’ this year. Man, I can’t believe it’s been 30 years since this album came out, but I’m so glad you’re still enjoying it.” However, during Janet’s last appearance on TODAY, the clip was shown again and Janet ended up inviting Sheinelle on her upcoming tour!

“I would love for you to join me (on stage),” Jackson told Sheinelle. “You must.” Sheinelle smiled brightly as her co-hosts expressed their shock at the invitation. “Wait, what did she just say?!” said co-anchor Hoda. And, “Sheinelle, have that for a second,” co-host Dylan Dreyer encouraged. Sheinelle looked like she was in shock!

Janet confirmed how serious she was: “Yes, because I’m looking for someone to come on stage and dance with me for a song or two.” Sheinelle took a moment to tell Jackson how influential she was to her and other women’s personal development.

Janet sincerely responded, “I was serious about you getting on stage.” She then invited the rest of the TODAY family to join her tour audience: Hoda, Dylan, Craig Melvin, Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly. “I’ll be there,” Sheinelle said, referring to Jackson’s latest tour.

Savannah Guthrie Celebrated Her 51st Birthday With A Heartwarming Message From Hoda

On December 27, the TODAY co-host celebrated her 51st birthday! She spent time with her family and received warm wishes from Hoda Kotb. “Today we celebrate you @savannahguthrie!! Well… today and every day! Happy Birthday darling!” Hoda wrote on Instagram. The photo shows the two women at their desks TODAY, with Savannah smiling broadly and throwing her hand in the air.

Hoda and Savannah have been co-workers and close friends for years. In 2018, they made history as the first female duo to co-host the TODAY show. Since then, their relationship has grown stronger. In May, Hoda and Savannah reflected on their friendship and got emotional. Savannah said, “It’s wonderful to have a female partnership, but for me, to have this friend and cheerleader and partner, and I really feel that from her, and I hope we share that. It’s amazing. I always say, ‘I’ll hold my hands, close my eyes and go anywhere with you’. I could.” How sweet!