Shannen Findlay

New Today show hosts cause outrage over sexist Dolly Parton comments

The Today show is no stranger to controversy and criticism, and this time people think it's for good reason.

The Channel Nine breakfast show caused fury this morning after new co-hosts Tony Jones and Tom Steinfort made crude comments about Dolly Parton’s breasts at the Grammy’s.

During a segment about the 61st Grammy Award Show where Dolly Parton and her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, performed a rendition of Jolene, news reporter Tom enraged viewers after remarking: “She is age defying and gravity defying.”

The cringeworthy comment was awkwardly laughed off by Today’s entertainment reporter Brooke Boney.

“I beg your pardon, Tom Steinfort!” she retorted.

However, sports reporter Tony Jones was not discouraged from making his own crude statement.

“Seeing those two on stage, I thought, was fantastic… and Miley of course,” he blurted out.

Weatherman Steve Jacobs, the third male panellist on Today, did not make the situation better when he exploded into laughter.

"Too many boys. See what happens when we get them together!" Brooke said in disbelief. 

"There we go, there we go," groaned Georgie Gardner, adding: "Its dysfunctional family at work. Let's get someone to save us. Deb over to you."

Salvaging the situation as best she could, Georgie moved the conversation along to Deborah Knight.

“There we go, there we go, it’s dysfunctional family at work. Let’s get someone to save us. Deb over to you,” she said.

People watching the segment were not impressed, taking to Twitter to criticise the male hosts' behaviour.

A fan of Parton commented on the Today show panelists’ crude comments.

“How disappointing and disrespectful to lady of 73 who was just honoured by her entire industry as person of the year,” she wrote.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Dolly Parton’s stunning outfits at the Grammys.

Did you see this segment on the Today show? Do you think the hosts’ comments were inappropriate? Let us know in the comments below.