Ann Curry says sexual harassment was 'pervasive' at NBC

Carla Harmon
January 17, 2018

Curry, appearing on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday in her first televised interview since the seven-time Emmy victor signed off "Today" five years ago, said the national reckoning on sexual misconduct by powerful men that has resulted in the firings of Lauer and CBS' Charlie Rose has been "long overdue".

"I can say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment existed", she continued.

When pressed to answer whether she knew of or had heard about her co-host's alleged misconduct while at NBC, Curry responded, "I think it would be surprising if someone said they didn't see that".

"I think it will continue until the glass ceiling is finally broken", she said.


Ann Curry made her return to morning television for her first TV interview since being fired from NBC's TODAY in 2015.

Norah O'Donnell acknowledges this when raising the topic of sexual harassment, but it never comes up again when discussing the specific of NBC's environment with a remarkably reluctant Curry.

"It's been years and I want to really move on from this", Curry said. "And it's not just about where I used to work or where you're now working, it's about the problem that's pervasive". I'm not a vengeful person. "I can tell you that I - I am not surprised by the allegations". John Dickerson officially joined CBS This Morning this week after former co-host Charlie Rose got fired over similar accusations of sexual misconduct, mostly but not exclusively related to his position at PBS. Management certainly knew that Matthews was forced to settle a sexual harassment case.

According to People, popular speculation at the time of her TODAY exit pointed to a "lack of chemistry" with Matt, as well as rumors that Matt facilitated her leaving the show (NBC has denied these allegations, stating her exit from TODAY was due to ratings). "This is about power and powered imbalance, where women are not valued as much as men".


Curry told the host they should "ask someone else" about whether Lauer was behind her firing. "I do know that - it hurt like hell", she said.

Curry said that at this point she had just let it go.

"The real question, in my view, is what are we going to do with all this anger?"

"Its happened to me in multiple jobs, and it is a way of sidelining women".


Such harassment was pervasive, she added. "This is a moment when we all need to be a beacon of light for those women, for all women and for ourselves". "And I hope that Ive done that".

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