Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer's Today show firing

Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer's Today show firing

Matt Lauer, seen here in November of 2017 on the set of the Today show in NY, was sacked by NBC after allegations of sexual misconduct. Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. "Like, it's a silly joke on a late night show that was just that, a silly joke, and people, I think, read into everything these days, and I think it just goes with the territory", she shared.

Until her People interview, Couric had only commented once on the Lauer scandal, last month on Instagram in response to a user asking her why she had not spoken up.

Couric told People that the ordeal has been "painful" for her.

Couric seems to have been completely blindsided by the revelations about Lauer. Following those allegations, multiple women have come forward to accuse Lauer of harassment, and one former NBC employee said the two had an ongoing affair on corporate premises.

Couric worked with Lauer for 15 years on the "Today" show, before she left the network in 2006 to join CBS Evening News as an anchor. It was Lauer's sunny "America's dad" reputation, in fact, that prompted Couric to joke about him pinching her ass on Watch What Happens Live, because "it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship".

"It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", he wrote.

Still, the entire situation is "very upsetting" to Couric, and although she's still unsure how to fully process Lauer's actions, she's optimistic about the future of Today. "I really admire the way Savannah (Guthrie) and Hoda (Kotb) and the entire "Today" show staff have handled a very hard situation".

Lauer made a statement following the allegations, apologizing and stating "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed". As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.

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