Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer: ‘I had no idea’

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this May 31, 2006 file photo, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, co-hosts of the NBC Today" program, open her farewell broadcast in New York.  Couric told People in a story published Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018: “I had no...

Katie Couric, who was Matt Lauer’s “In the present day” co-host for a number of years, broke her silence Saturday on sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to him.

Couric advised Individuals journal: “I had no concept this was occurring throughout my tenure or after I left.”

She departed NBC in 2006 to anchor the “CBS Night Information” and has been criticized for her silence within the greater than a month since Lauer was fired. NBC Information performed an investigation of a Lauer colleague’s detailed grievance of “inappropriate sexual conduct.” Different ladies have come ahead with accusations in opposition to him.

“I feel I communicate for a lot of of my former colleagues after I say this was not the Matt we knew,” Couric advised Individuals. “Matt was a sort and beneficiant colleague who handled me with respect. In reality, a joke I as soon as made on late-night tv was simply that, as a result of it was fully opposite to our brother-sister relationship. It is nonetheless very upsetting. I actually admire the way in which Savannah (Guthrie) and Hoda (Kotb) and the whole ‘In the present day’ present workers have dealt with a really tough scenario.”

Couric was referring to a comment she made in 2012 on “Watch What Occurs Dwell with Andy Cohen” that Lauer “pinches me on the ass loads.” The clip obtained huge consideration on-line after Lauer’s firing in late November.

Couric’s solely different public assertion on Lauer was one she made on Instagram final month in response to a consumer who chided her for not talking out: “It is extremely upsetting and I’ll say one thing after I’m able to. Thanks to your curiosity.”

Lauer has since apologized in a press release.

Couric is engaged on a six-part documentary sequence for the Nationwide Geographic channel referred to as “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” and stated one episode will give attention to harassment ladies have confronted within the office.

“The entire thing has been very painful for me,” Couric advised Individuals of Lauer’s conduct. “The accounts I’ve learn and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it is fully unacceptable that any girl on the ‘In the present day’ present skilled this type of remedy.”

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