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Cut! TODAY guest 'totally fine' after slicing finger live on air

Jan. 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM ET

TODAY contributor Elizabeth Mayhew took one for the team this morning when she fell victim to a sharp knife during a segment. 

Elizabeth was showing Hoda Kotb and guest co-host Jenna Bush Hager how pouring vinegar on a cutting board before slicing an onion can prevent you from tearing up. (Science nerds: The vinegar neutralizes the sulfuric acid in the vinegar that makes you cry.)

Hoda Kotb, Elizabeth Mayhew
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Hoda was squeamish, but lifestyle expert Elizabeth Mayhew was "totally fine" despite cutting her finger during a TODAY demonstration.

Elizabeth seamlessly cut up the onion, but one finger had a mean run-in with the knife. 

Elizabeth Mayhew
Elizabeth Mayhew

"Oh gosh! Don't cut your finger," Hoda and Jenna shouted.

It was too late. The knife won. 

But Elizabeth was a true pro. Grabbing a paper towel to cover up the cut, she segued seamlessly into her next tip. 

Concerned, Hoda and Jenna helped Elizabeth through the rest of the segment. When it was time to demonstrate the right way to slice tomatoes, Jenna substituted for Elizabeth.

"The cut was bad enough that I need to go to a doctor," Elizabeth told TODAY.com after the show.

Fortunately, the wound didn't require stitches: Just a quick clean-up, a bandage and some antibiotic to be on the safe side. 

A former caterer, Elizabeth is used to getting cuts now and then. She assured us she's "totally fine!"

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Video: Lifestyle expert Elizabeth Mayhew joins Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager to offer easy ways for creating order in your kitchen. Make onions last longer by storing them in tights, and slice tomatoes between two plastic lids for the perfect cut.


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