Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Katie Couric Just Broke Her Silence on Matt Lauer's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Katie Couric Just Broke Her Silence on Matt Lauer's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In her first interview since allegations of sexual misconduct ended Matt Lauer's run at NBC's "Today" show in November, former cohost Katie Couric told People magazine that the often lurid details of his actions "was not the Matt we knew".

In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation.

Couric called the allegations made against her former co-host "disturbing, distressing and disorienting" and said such behavior is "completely unacceptable". The shows network, NBC, said an investigation of a Lauer colleagues detailed complaint showed inappropriate sexual behavior.

'Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. "In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship", Couric said, referencing a comment she made on a TV show in 2012 when she said Lauer pinched her "on the ass a lot". She added that "It's still very upsetting", and that she "really admire [s] the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation". "I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation", she concludes.

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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. Subsequent reports revealed allegations of harassment and assault.

The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC. "Thanks for your interest".

Lauer apologized in a statement a day later. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. It is now my full-time job The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. I think companies certainly are in the midst of a lot of soul-searching and reexamining the culture that exists in their workplaces.

Couric is gearing up for the debut in a few months' time of a six-part issues-driven documentary series for National Geographic.

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