“Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie interviewed Johnny Depp’s legal team on Wednesday’s show, moments after she revealed her husband is working as a consultant for them.

Guthrie spoke with Depp’s lawyers, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew, about the buzzy, volatile defamation trial, which pitted Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

“And a quick disclosure, my husband has done consulting work for the Depp legal team, but not in connection with this interview,” Guthrie told viewers of the broadcast of the NBC News morning show.

Guthrie’s husband is Michael Feldman, a public relations consultant and former political advisor, who once worked for former Vice President Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign. Feldman, who works at pr firm FGS Global, declined to comment.

A rep for “Today” did not return requests for comment.

Depp sued the “Aquaman” actress for libel in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” The actor known for movies like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Donnie Brasco,” won the bombshell trial last week.

 (L-R) Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
Savannah Guthrie and her husband Michael Feldman attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles in March.
Johnny Depp lawyers Benjamin G. Chew, left, and Camille Vasquez, right, make statements outside the Fairfax County Courthouse_on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. The jury in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard case awarded Depp $15 million in damages to his career over an op-ed Heard wrote in the Washington Post in 2018.(Photo by Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp’s lawyers Benjamin Chew (left) and Camille Vasquez (right) after the defamation trial.
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Last week on “Today,” Gurthrie also interviewed Elaine Bredehoft, one of the lawyers who represented Heard in the defamation case. She also anchored NBC News’ special coverage of the trial when the jury reached its verdict on June 1.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and another $5 million in punitive damages. Those damages were lowered to $350,000 in accordance with Virginia law.

Guthrie on the Today Show set
Guthrie recently interviewed one of Amber Heard’s lawyers for “Today” after the explosive verdict.
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The jury also found Depp guilty of defaming Heard for a statement made by his lawyer, who said Heard’s claim of sexual abuse was a “hoax.” The actress was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.


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