Katie Couric finally speaks out about Matt Lauer's 'Today' firing

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

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. There's been one person, however, who has remained largely mum about the subject: his former co-worker of 15 years, Katie Couric.

Katie Couric, the long-time partner of Matt Lauer on the Today show, has issued her first extensive comments on his sexual harassment scandal and subsequent firing. Kotb, who had been on the show since 2008, received encouragement from all her fellow anchors and even Lauer himself.

"In this hyper-reactionary instantaneous culture where you have to have something to say right, away, I appreciated the opportunity to sit with this and to wrap my head around it before I spoke about it", Couric told reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour today (January 13), following a panel for her upcoming National Geographic show, America Inside Out With Katie Couric. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew.

Couric stressed that throughout her revered Today career, she was wholly unaware of any misconduct on Lauer's end: "I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left". "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to", she wrote, adding, "Thanks for your interest". "It's still very upsetting", Couric continued.

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I really respect the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] along with the whole Today display staff have handled an exact tricky situation.

Lauer was sacked in November over the allegations of multiple women, one of whom claimed he sexually assaulted her while they worked on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In a statement read on Today after his firing, Lauer said that while some of the allegations were "untrue or mischaracterized", "there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".

"To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC", he said. I think companies certainly are in the midst of a lot of soul-searching and reexamining the culture that exists in their workplaces.

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