Katie Couric is speaking out about her former co-host Matt Lauer following allegations of sexual harassment
13 January, 2018, 23:40
Nearly two months later, Couric is breaking her silence, finally opening up about the "distressing and disorienting" claims against her longtime co-host and friend.
"The late-night show joke which Couric describes is whether she explained View Everything occurs Live with Andy Cohen in 2012 that Lauer could "pinches me to the buttocks a lot".
"The accounts I've read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it's completely unacceptable that any woman at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment", she told the magazine.
Other women also said Lauer behaved inappropriately, with one telling the New York Times that he summoned her to his office in 2001, locked the door, and told her to unbutton her shirt. I feel I speak for many of my coworkers once I say it was not exactly the Matt we knew.
Couric seems to have been completely blindsided by the revelations about Lauer. Couric said that she and Lauer had a "brother-sister" relationship and that he treated her with respect. "It's still very upsetting", she said. "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.
Couric, 61, and Lauer hosted the "Today" show together for 15 years.
The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC. 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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