Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer: 'It's Completely Unacceptable'

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

Couric called the allegations made against her former co-host "disturbing, distressing and disorienting" and said such behavior is "completely unacceptable".

"FILE - In this May 31, 2006 file photo, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, co-hosts of the NBC Today" program, open her farewell broadcast in NY.

She added that she had "no idea this was going on" during or after her tenure. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew, ' she said. "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".

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. She left in May 2006 to anchor the CBS Evening News.

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The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC. At the time, NBC said his behavior "may not have been an isolated incident".

After the news broke, several anonymous women, who were former of current NBC employees, revealed Lauer, 60, allegedly harassed or assaulted them sexually. Couric broke her silence on the Lauer allegations in a December Instagram reply, in which she told a user asking why she had not addressed the scandal in public, "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to". "Thanks for your interest".

Lauer was sacked in November when NBC received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior".

Lauer apologized in a statement a day later. Because I am writing this, I still know the thickness of the disappointment and damage I have gone behind at home and in NBC.

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