Katie Couric Finally Opens Up on Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Matt Lauer

Katie Couric and Matt Lauer

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 whole thing has been very painful for me", Couric told People in an interview published Saturday (Jan. 13).

Couric called the allegations made against her former co-host "disturbing, distressing and disorienting" and said such behavior is "completely unacceptable".

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The joke that Couric is referring to occurred on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2012, when she said that Lauer's most annoying habit was that he "pinches me on the a** a lot". I feel I speak for many of my coworkers once I say it was not exactly the Matt we knew. "Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect". The truth is that a joke I created on late night television was only this, as it was utterly contrary to our brother-sister relationship.

The TV journalist anchored the morning show from 1991 to 2006, while Lauer served as co-anchor from1997 to 2017. "It's still very upsetting", Couric said. The statement continued by mentioning the network had reason to believe it "may not have been an isolated incident". 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". She left NBC in 2006 to anchor the "CBS Evening News" and has been criticized for not speaking out in the more than a month since Lauer was sacked.

He apologized afterwards in a groveling statement in which he said "some" of the allegations were "untrue". "As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC." - is one of many high profile men to be the subject sexual misconduct scandals over the last few months.

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