Katie Couric is now prepared to talk out in regards to the firing of her former colleague Matt Lauer, who was terminated from NBC Information and the At present present in November resulting from sexual harassment allegations.
Somewhat greater than a week after his termination in November, Couric, who co-hosted the morning program with Lauer for 15 years till she left in 2006, had posted on Instagram, “It is extremely upsetting and I’ll say one thing after I’m able to.”
“The entire thing has been very painful for me,” Couric advised Individuals in feedback posted on Saturday, which marked her first detailed remarks in regards to the controversy. “The accounts I’ve learn and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it is utterly unacceptable that any lady on the At present present skilled this type of remedy.
NBC Information fired Lauer, the veteran At present present host, after the community obtained a “detailed criticism from a colleague about inappropriate sexual conduct,”. Lauer, who had co-anchored At present for 20 years and was incomes a reported $20 million a yr, apologized saying, “There aren’t any phrases to specific my sorrow and remorse for the ache I’ve brought about others by phrases and actions. To the individuals I’ve damage, I’m really sorry.” He additionally stated that “some of what’s being stated about me is unfaithful or mischaracterized, however there may be sufficient reality in these tales to make me really feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
Quickly after his firing was introduced, extra sexual misconduct allegations had been made towards him. Lauer has not commented on any particular accusations.
“I had no concept this was happening throughout my tenure or after I left,” Couric advised Individuals. “I believe I converse for a lot of of my former colleagues after I say this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a sort and beneficiant colleague who handled me with respect. The truth is, a joke I as soon as made on late-night tv was simply that, as a result of it was utterly opposite to our brother-sister relationship. It is nonetheless very upsetting.
Amid the controversy, information shops dug out a 2012 clip of Couric on Andy Cohen‘s present Watch What Occurs Stay, during which she was requested what was Lauer’s “most annoying behavior.” She responded, “He pinches me on the ass lots.”
At present co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie had introduced Lauer’s firing on the present. Earlier this month, Kotb was named his alternative as a fundamental co-anchor.
Couric advised Individuals, “I actually admire the way in which Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda and the whole At present present workers have dealt with a really troublesome scenario.”