Al Roker Jokes About Major Tension on TODAY

Celebrity News Aug. 16, 2012 AT 2:28PM

Today's forecast: tense, icy and awkward!

On the TODAY show Thursday morning -- a month and a half after the departure of co-anchor Ann Curry -- Al Roker made a cutting remark live on the plaza in NYC's Rockefeller Center.

As the weatherman, 57, and Curry's replacement Savannah Guthrie looked on, Matt Lauer interviewed three members of USA's gold-medal-winning rowing team about their victory traditions -- including tossing a teammate into the water.

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"The tradition here in New York is you throw her in the Hudson River," Lauer joked.

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As Lauer began to wrap up the interview, Roker then decided to chime in with a quip of his own: "Which is different than our tradition, which is to throw one of us under the bus, but that's another story . . ."

Ann Curry attends NBC's
Ann Curry attends NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on June 22, 2012 in New York City.
Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty

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Lauer and Guthrie, 40, laughed nervously.

Roker worked alongside Curry, 55, during her 15 years on the show. She was fired back in June after just one year as co-anchor.

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A show insider told Us back in June: "Matt Lauer is 100 percent behind Ann leaving," a source tells Us Weekly. In the days leading up to her emotional on-air farewell, Curry and Lauer, 54, "were really icy to each other."

Watch Roker's on-air joke now.

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