Katie Couric Finally Opens Up on Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Matt Lauer

Katie Couric Finally Opens Up on Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Matt Lauer

According to Variety, Katie Couric has made her first public statement to People Magazine regarding Matt Lauer's departure from NBC's Today Show. "Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect". "The accounts I have read and heard are upsetting, debilitating and disorienting plus it's really completely improper that any female in the Now show experienced this sort of treatment method".

"I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC", he said. 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".

Lauer, 60, who co-anchored the NBC talk show for more than 20 years, was ousted from the company November 29 following sexual harassment accusations against him.

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".

A day after his firing, NBC News' Stephanie Gosk said there were as many as eight accusers while appearing on Megyn Kelly Today. Anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb were visibly shaken by the news saying, "How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?" "Thanks for your interest".

Lauer was sacked by NBC in November after the network received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior", saying it had reason to believe it wasn't an isolated incident.

He apologized afterwards in a groveling statement in which he said "some" of the allegations were "untrue". "You'll find not any phrases to convey my grief and regret the pain I've caused others by actions and words", he explained, in part. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", he wrote.

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