Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler knows how to jerk someone’s chain. The iconic rock band appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning (Nov. 2) and Tyler had some fun with hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie.
Tyler has been around a television set long enough to know what he’s doing. He recently wrapped up a stint as a judge on Fox’s “American Idol,” where he mostly minded his manners.
But the “Today Show” was a different matter. The impish Tyler and bandmates were sitting in the studio before their performance, when the camera cut to them and Tyler hollered: “Good morning, America!”
The salutation had a double meaning, of course. He was not only welcoming viewers to the show, but also giving a shout out to “Today’s” rival on ABC, “Good Morning America.”
The comment was particularly biting because “Today,” long the ratings leader, has been locked in a battle for viewers with the ABC show, especially since former “Today” co-host Ann Curry was unceremoniously booted from the show.
Roker, who is friends with Curry and was upset by her treatment, compounded the matter when he called attention to it during the following segment.
“No, no, no, no,” Roker bellowed. “That’s why they haven’t done morning television! They don’t even know what show they’re on.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, during Roker’s weather forecast, the crowd outside the studio could be heard in the background as the band waited to play. To kick up crowd’s enthusiasm, Tyler shouted: “Thanks for coming out, you crazy fu*ks!”
Roker, ever the pro, soldiered through it with his forecast, after uttering: “What’d he just say? That’s why they haven’t done mornings.”
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Footnote: Aerosmith will appear Friday night (Nov. 2) with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel on the “Hurricane Sandy Coming Together Benefit.” The special will air at 8pm ET on NBC and other NBC networks.