07/15/2014 10:40 am ET Updated Jul 15, 2014

Savannah Guthrie Jokes About 'Today' Show Live Birth And Internet Believes It

Lesson of the day: It's best not to joke that you are going to give birth on live television. Because everyone will believe you -- and freak out.

Savannah Guthrie learned that Tuesday morning when she teased with Howard Stern that she planned to have her baby on air.

"I'm really hoping to bond with our viewers," she said. "The only way to do that is to do a live birth on the 'Today' show."

But viewers seemed to miss the joke, because moments later the Internet exploded:

Guthrie finally chimed in to put viewers at ease: