Katie Couric talks candidly about Matt Lauer in a new interview. Here's what she said
Katie Couric finally opened up and shared her thoughts over Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct. She revealed that she was very upset and shocked when she first learned about it.
Couric made her first comment about the whole incident through replying to a fan on Instagram in December 2017, saying the news was “incredibly upsetting.”
Couric and Lauer co-anchored together for ten years on NBC’s Today show.
Closer Weekly shared that until now, Couric is still having trouble coming to terms with what happened to her dear colleague.
Talking to Buzzfeed on April 17, 2018, she said, "I don't think I have reconciled it, honestly, because it’s very upsetting and disappointing. I also really don’t know the details of these incidents still.”
She added that she doesn’t really have any knowledge of what exactly happened and to what extent. Couric explained how hard it is for her to be “separating truth from fiction."
Back when she first made the Instagram comment, Couric said that she will be speaking out when she was ready to do so.
In January 2018, Couric made the decision to open up to People. In the interview, she said that the entire thing has been painful for her.
"I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect,” she said.
Couric also applauded the Today show staff, as well as Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, for handling the situation very well.
According to Good Housekeeping, Lauer was released from NBC in November 2017, after a female employee of the network accused the former anchor of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Afterward, a few other women also stepped in and filed their own complaints against him. One of the complainants accused Lauer of supposedly sexually assaulting her in 2001.