05/16/2014 05:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Al Roker Didn't Know Who Jill Abramson Was Prior To Her Firing From The New York Times

Prior to Jill Abramson's recent firing from The New York Times, Al Roker had never heard of the former executive editor.

The longtime weather anchor joined HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps to talk about the launch of his new weather game app, Al’s Weather Rokies App. When asked whether he was startled when he found out what happened to Abramson, Roker admitted he was not surprised -- for one very specific reason.

"To be perfectly honest, I had no idea. None. I didn’t know who she was, " Roker said.

He added that if the reason for her termination was in fact because of equal pay issues, then that reflects poorly on the Times.

"If that’s the case, you know, not very bright on The New York Times' part, on any number of levels," Roker said.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Al Roker and Katie Linendoll below:



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