Katie Couric Finally Speaks out About Matt Lauer's Firing from 'Today'

Katie Couric Finally Speaks out About Matt Lauer's Firing from 'Today'

"The whole thing has been very painful for me", the 61-year-old, who co-hosted the Today show with Lauer for 15 years, began. "The accounts I have read and heard are upsetting, debilitating and disorienting plus it's really completely improper that any female in the Now show experienced this sort of treatment method".

In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation.

'I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew. The truth is that a joke I created on late night television was only this, as it was utterly contrary to our brother-sister relationship. She added: "It's still very upsetting".

She departed NBC in 2006 to anchor the "CBS Evening News" and has been criticized for her silence in the more than a month since Lauer was sacked.

Lauer was sacked in November when NBC received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior".

Lauer left NBC after a detailed complaint about inappropriate actions surfaced.


A day after his firing, NBC News' Stephanie Gosk said there were as many as eight accusers while appearing on Megyn Kelly Today.

After the news broke, several anonymous women, who were former of current NBC employees, revealed Lauer, 60, allegedly harassed or assaulted them sexually.

Couric was referring to a remark she made in 2012 on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" that Lauer "pinches me on the ass a lot". "Thanks for your interest".

Couric went on in the interview to describe Lauer, who has since apologized for his behavior, as "kind" and "generous". "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", he wrote.

Couric is gearing up for the debut in a few months' time of a six-part issues-driven documentary series for National Geogrphic.

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