Nearly two months after Matt Lauer was suspended from NBC over allegations of passionate misconduct, his former co-host Katie Couric finally has something to say.
Couric told People that she was totally repelled by the accusations against Lauer, which enclosed that he allegedly sexually tormented and assaulted NBC employees during his “Today” tenure.
“I had no thought this was going on during my reign or after we left,” she told People in an interview published on Saturday.
The TV publisher anchored the morning show from 1991 to 2006, while Lauer served as co-anchor from1997 to 2017.
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“I consider we pronounce for many of my former colleagues when we contend this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a kind and inexhaustible co-worker who treated me with respect. In fact, a fun we once done on late-night radio was just that, given it was totally discordant to the brother-sister relationship. It’s still very upsetting,” Couric said.
NBC released a matter at the finish of Nov announcing Lauer’s stop from the network, referring to a “detailed censure from a co-worker about inapt passionate behavior.” The matter continued by mentioning the network had reason to trust it “may not have been an removed incident.”
After the news broke, several unknown women, who were former of stream NBC employees, suggested Lauer, 60, allegedly tormented or assaulted them sexually.
Couric, who has faced recoil for staying still on the issue given the news broke, pronounced the accounts she review were “disturbing, pathetic and disorienting.”
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“The whole thing has been very unpleasant for me,” the 61-year-old told the mag. “It’s totally unsuitable that any lady at the ‘Today’ show gifted this kind of treatment.”
Couric has only oral out once before about her longtime companion Lauer after a Twitter user called her out for her silence.
“It’s impossibly upsetting and we will contend something when I’m prepared to,” she wrote on the social media comment in December. “Thanks for your interest.”
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“Some of what is being pronounced about me is wrong or mischaracterized, but there is adequate law in these stories to make me feel broke and ashamed,” Lauer pronounced in a statement.
He after added, “There are no difference to demonstrate my grief and bewail for the pain we have caused others by difference and actions.”
“To the people we have hurt, we am truly sorry. As we am essay this, we comprehend the abyss of the repairs and beating we have left behind at home and at NBC.”
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