Bryant Gumbel (Mediaite)

Bryant Gumbel, who co-hosted the Today show from 1982 to 1997, told the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz that he was "embarrassed" by Sarah Palin's appearance on the morning program last week.

"[Hosts] used to be judged not just on their popularity level but the extent to which they were capable of interviewing someone or reporting on a situation, or able to have a degree of gravitas," he said. "Now that is secondary to being popular."

If you missed Palin's appearance, watch it here, and see if you agree with Gumbel's blunt assessment:

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