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

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Couric co-hosted the Today show with Lauer for 15 years until she left in 2006 to host CBS Evening News.

"I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew", Couric told People.

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).

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. "Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect".

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.

Couric, who has faced backlash for staying quiet on the issue since the news broke, said the accounts she read were "disturbing, distressing and disorienting". In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship.

Still, the entire situation is "very upsetting" to Couric, and although she's still unsure how to fully process Lauer's actions, she's optimistic about the future of Today.

Hollywood's famous women, in turn, have come together to form the Time's Up initiative to help women achieve equality in the workplace, and wore black at the Golden Globes as a statement of solidarity with their cause.

Though Couric made a lighthearted comment in 2012 on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen claiming that Lauer "pinches me on the a** a lot", she clarified to People magazine that she wasn't serious. A clip of her saying it circulated after Lauer's firing.

Lauer has since apologized in a statement.

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