Katie Couric Explains Why She Didn't Respond To Matt Lauer's 'Pinching' Immediately

Posted January 15, 2018

We've heard from a lot of people since Matt Lauer was sacked from NBC over allegations of sexual misconduct, including his former co-anchors, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Ktob, who made an on-air statement on the subject, as well Lauer himself.

Couric and Lauer shared the morning show spotlight for 15 years, before Couric left NBC in 2006 for a position at CBS.

Couric told People that the ordeal has been "painful" for her. She said, "The accounts I've read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it's completely unacceptable that any woman at the "Today" show experienced this kind of treatment".

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Matt Lauer, seen here in November of 2017 on the set of the Today show in NY, was sacked by NBC after allegations of sexual misconduct.

She called Lauer a "kind and generous" colleague who "treated me with respect". "That was a complete joke, because it was so contrary to our relationship, and it was on a late night lightning round. It's still very upsetting", Couric continued. "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.

Now, Couric is opening up about how she feels in reference to Lauer's scandal.

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Lauer was sacked by NBC in November after the network received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior", saying it had reason to believe it wasn't an isolated incident. "But it was nice for me to be able to say that that was a joke". However as you may know by now, Couric had previously claimed that Lauer pinched her butt.

They told how he casually conducted extra-marital affairs with young staffers and had a lock in his office at 30 Rock which, it was suggested, allowed him to conduct sexual lisasions at work.

In comments made after his initial ouster, Lauer apologized for his past behavior.

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"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions", he said, in part. "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", he said.