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Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer's Today show firing

Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer's Today show 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.

Couric told People that the allegations have been painful for her to learn, and that she had no idea such activity was going on during her "Today" tenure. "The accounts I have read and heard are upsetting, debilitating and disorienting plus it's really completely improper that any female in the Now show experienced this sort of treatment method". Katie Couric, who co-hosted the Today show with Lauer for 15 years, did not immediately make a statement after her former coworker was fired-she said in December that she would wait to comment until she felt ready to. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew, ' she said.

'Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. "It's still very upsetting", she said.

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Couric had been criticized for not speaking out in the more than a month since Lauer was sacked for what NBC said was an investigation into a complaint showing "inappropriate sexual behavior" by Lauer's colleague. She said she passed out during the incident, but didn't report it for fear of losing her job.

Couric has only spoken out once before about her longtime pal Lauer after a Twitter user called her out for her silence. She also addressed a 2012 clip of her on Andy Cohen's late-night show when she said Lauer pinched her on the buttocks a lot. "Thanks for your interest".

Lauer released a statement the same day, apologizing to the people he hurt. "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." - is one of many high profile men to be the subject sexual misconduct scandals over the last few months.


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