Katie Couric commented on Matt Lauer's behavior

Emilio Banks
January 15, 2018

In her first interview since allegations of sexual misconduct ended Matt Lauer's run at NBC's "Today" show in November, former cohost Katie Couric told People magazine that the often lurid details of his actions "was not the Matt we knew".

She also maintains that she was completely unaware of any incidents taking place during her time on the show, from 1991 to 2006.

"The whole thing has been very painful for me", Couric told People of Lauer's behaviour. "It's completely unacceptable that any woman at the "Today" show experienced this kind of treatment".

Before that, she had told Andy Cohen while appearing on his show that the disgraced former Today co-host went so far as to pinch her behind once.

"I think it was really moving to see so many women support each other and demand change, not only for themselves, but for mistreated and marginalized women in all kinds of industries". 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 that "It's still very upsetting", and that she "really admire [s] the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation". I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation, ' she added.

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Lauer has since apologised in a statement.

"I had no idea what was going during my tenure or when I left", she insists. Kotb, who had been on the show since 2008, received encouragement from all her fellow anchors and even Lauer himself. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. Because I am writing this, I still know the thickness of the disappointment and damage I have gone behind at home and in NBC.

"It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to", she wrote on the social media account in December. "Yes, there were men, but I think they were all afraid of me!"

Couric is working on a six-part documentary series for the National Geographic channel called Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric and said one episode will focus on harassment women have faced in the workplace.

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