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


Katie Couric has broken her silence on her longtime co-host Matt Lauer's firing from the Today Show, following a slew of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

The disgraced 60-year-old previously released a statement following the initial allegations against him, which were later backed by additional accounts of both sexual assault and harassment.

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

She also said the news came as a shock, despite reports which recalled the journalist making a remark about Lauer "pinching her on the a** a lot". "That's why I think so many people on the show were stunned when they heard about this other life he was leading".

Lauer was sacked in November over the allegations of multiple women, one of whom claimed he sexually assaulted her while they worked on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Asked whether she had ever encountered inappropriate behavior in the workplace, Couric said that she had been "very lucky, I think because I was in a position of relative power pretty early on in my career".

Until her People interview, Couric had only commented once on the Lauer scandal, last month on Instagram in response to a user asking her why she had not spoken up.

Couric claimed she had "no idea" about the problems. "That was a complete joke, because it was so contrary to our relationship, and it was on a late night lightning round. Matt was 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.

It's still very upsetting. "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to", she wrote, adding, "Thanks for your interest". "You'll find not any phrases to convey my grief and regret the pain I've caused others by actions and words", he explained, in part.

"To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry". Because I am writing this, I still know the thickness of the disappointment and damage I have gone behind at home and in NBC.