Matt Lauer criticized for saying 'Indian giver' on 'Today' showAdd to Favorites | Today
Vieira handed Lauer a pair of Stella McCartney-designed Olympic underwear. When she reached to take the panties back, Lauer held them out of her reach and said, "No, no, no, they're mine. Don't be an Indian giver."
The term is even listed as "offensive" in the American Heritage Dictionary.
It wasn't Lauer's only insensitive remark on the broadcast. When Vieira handed the knickers over, she joked, "Matt had these on earlier."
He responded with, "We're used to this. For five years Meredith came to the show every morning carrying her underpants." While Vieira chucked at the joke, some viewers pegged it as an offensive and misogynistic jab.