Katie Couric Slams Today for Matt Lauer's 'Completely Unacceptable' Workplace Harassment

Bessie Dean
January 13, 2018

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

'Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect.

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. The truth is that a joke I created on late night television was only this, as it was utterly contrary to our brother-sister relationship. 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". "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 really admire the way Savannah and Hoda and the entire "Today" show staff have handled a very hard situation".

As for her now-infamous comment on "Watch What Happens Live" that Lauer used to "pinch my ass a lot", Couric points out she was totally kidding.

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Couric went on to deny that she had any idea Lauer was committing any of the alleged misconduct.

She also maintains that she was completely unaware of any incidents taking place during her time on the show, from 1991 to 2006.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions", Lauer said in a statement released by NBC.

Journalist Katie Couric finally has something to say about her former co-host Matt Lauer after he was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior. Lauer apologized after he was sacked by NBC News in late November. "As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC." - is one of many high profile men to be the subject sexual misconduct scandals over the last few months.

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