Katie Couric finally speaks out about Matt Lauer's 'Today' firing

Katie Couric finally speaks out about Matt Lauer's 'Today' firing

The accounts I have read and heard have been very disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it is completely unacceptable that women at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment'. "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.

Though Couric made a lighthearted comment in 2012 on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen claiming that Lauer "pinches me on the a** a lot", she clarified to People magazine that she wasn't serious. "That's why I think so many people on the show were stunned when they heard about this other life he was leading".

Couric and Lauer shared the morning show spotlight for 15 years, before Couric left NBC in 2006 for a position at CBS.

She called Lauer a "kind and generous" colleague who "treated me with respect". "I think not everything has to be for public consumption these days", she told ET - also praised current Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for how they've handled Lauer's scandal on-air. The clip received wide attention online after Lauer's firing in late November. "It's still very upsetting", Couric continued.

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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.

He later added, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions". "I've been doing a lot of thinking, I've been having a lot of conversations with people, and I've been doing a lot of reporting, to understand what steps can be taken to create a safer work environment for all of us".

"It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to", she wrote on the social media account in December. "As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC".

Couric acknowledged that this is a "watershed moment". I think that we're moving into that stage of the movement right now. America Inside Out with Katie Couric will address topics including sexual harassment in the workplace, being Muslim in America, political correctness, and the rapid growth of technology.

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