Katie Couric Slams Today for Matt Lauer's 'Completely Unacceptable' Workplace Harassment

Katie Couric and Matt Lauer co-hosts of the NBC Today program open her farewell broadcast in New York. Couric told People in a story published Saturday Jan. 13 2018 “I had no idea this was going on during

Couric spoke out about Lauer, who was sacked from the Today show in late November for sexual misconduct, for the first time on Saturday in an interview with People, explaining that the scandal surrounding her former co-host has been "painful".

Meanwhile, Couric also explained her 2012 statement about Lauer when she said that the most annoying thing about her then-co-host was that he pinched her butt a lot. 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 departed NBC in 2006 to anchor the "CBS Evening News" and has been criticized for her silence in the more than a month since Lauer was sacked. I feel I speak for many of my coworkers once I say it was not exactly the Matt we knew. News conducted an investigation of a Lauer colleague's detailed complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior".

Women also told Variety that Lauer gave one female staff member a sex toy as a gift, adding a note describing how he wanted to use it on her.

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.

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'I'd no idea this was going on during my tenure or even after I left, ' Couric stated this time around.

'Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. It was Lauer's sunny "America's dad" reputation, in fact, that prompted Couric to joke about him pinching her ass on Watch What Happens Live, because "it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship".

Lauer has since apologized in a statement.

It's still very upsetting.

On the subject of Hoda Kotb's promotion to co-anchor alongside Savannah Guthrie, Couric enthused "I'm really happy for Hoda - I think she's a great person and her goodness shines through, I think the audience really likes her, and I think she and Savannah make a great team". "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. "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.

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