Katie Couric shares her thoughts on Matt Lauer's firing


In her first interview on the topic since her former Today show co-host Matt Lauer was sacked for inappropriate sexual behavior, Katie Couric opened up about reconciling the fun and respectful co-worker she knew with the harasser he was later exposed as.

In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation. "The whole thing has been very painful for me", Couric told People in a statement.

Couric called the allegations made against her former co-host "disturbing, distressing and disorienting" and said such behavior is "completely unacceptable". "I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left". It's still very upsetting. "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. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, NBC News fired longtime Today anchor Matt Lauer after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".

The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC.

"FILE - In this May 31, 2006 file photo, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, co-hosts of the NBC Today" program, open her farewell broadcast in NY.

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Couric said that she and Lauer had a "brother-sister" relationship and that he treated her with respect. He had infamously been accused of almost two decades worth of sexual harassment and sexual assault in November 2017.

Couric was referring to a remark she made in 2012 on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" that Lauer "pinches me on the ass a lot". "Thanks for your interest".

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.

Couric is gearing up for the debut in a few months' time of a six-part issues-driven documentary series for National Geogrphic.