Justin Sylvester has explained why he pulled Jenna Bush Hager away from him today Show.
The presenter and Marry me star was guest co-host on Wednesday’s (10 Aug) episode when viewers noticed him jerking Hager’s hand off his shoulder and then moving it slightly away from him as they watched chef Andy Baraghani roast a chicken.
Hager, 40, laughed at Sylvester’s actions and was seen glancing at the camera on several occasions.
She also once asked Sylvester, 35, “Do you want me to go?”
The moment was felt awkward by viewers and sparked debate about consent and physical contact. Some viewers even suggested suspending Hager.
However, Sylvester himself has clarified the matter, writing on Instagram that the pair were joking and that the claims are untrue that he was uncomfortable with Hager, whom he called the “nicest” person.
Instead, he said the pair were jokingly flirting with Baraghani.
In his Instagram Stories on Fairday (August 12), Sylvester said of claims he was unwell: “That’s actually not the truth. What we did was we both flirted.
“Well I was flirting with the chef because he was cute and I pushed her out of the way so I could have a personal moment with the chef.”
Sylvester is best known as the host of Daily pop on E!, which he co-hosts with Morgan Stewart.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/justin-sylvester-today-show-jenna-bush-hager-b2145099.html Today show: Justin Sylvester explains live on air why he pushed Jenna Bush Hager away from him