Katie Couric Opens Up About Matt Lauer's Firing From 'Today' Show

Katie Couric has finally broken her silence on her former Today co-host Matt Lauer's firing over sexual harassment claims to say she had'no idea about his alleged misconduct. The pair are

"I mean, we communicate, and listen, it's been a very trying situation in all corners of the world, and all kinds of industries, and you know, people have to move forward", she said.

She called Lauer a "kind and generous" colleague who "treated me with respect".

In November, NBC abruptly fired Lauer after a female staffer claimed that Lauer had engaged in sexual misconduct when they were in Sochi covering the 2014 winter Olympic games.

Couric, who was a correspondent on the Today show from 1991-2006, was questioned about her opinion on Lauer's firing, but did not respond at the time.


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. Like, it's a silly joke on a late night show that was just that, a silly joke, and people, I think, read into everything these days, and I think it just goes with the territory.

Lauer has been fired from "Today" after multiple women accused him of sexual assault and harassment. I guess I made [the joke] because it was, again, so contrary to the relationship I had with Matt which was respectful, and professional. "It's still very upsetting", Couric said. "I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire "Today" show staff have handled a very hard situation".

He later added, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions". "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", he wrote. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC", he said. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

Couric went on to describe Lauer as a "kind and generous colleague" in her experience, and expressed admiration for how the "very hard situation" was handled by current "Today" anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. "Yes, there were men, but I think they were all afraid of me!" I think companies certainly are in the midst of a lot of soul-searching and reexamining the culture that exists in their workplaces.

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