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

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2018

Katie Couric has broken her silence on her longtime co-host Matt Lauer's firing from the Today Show, following a slew of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

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. One person who has remained mum on the situation was Lauer's former, "partner in crime", Katie Couric.

Couric, who would not reveal if she's in contact with Lauer - "That's kind of a personal matter".

The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC.

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

Insisting that Lauer had always been "respectful" towards her, she said a 2012 comment she made that he "pinched her a** a lot" was "just a joke". "Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect".

'In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship, ' she said. "I think Savannah and Hoda, and the whole Today show staff took a really, very upsetting and incredibly troubling situation and were able to handle with a lot of dignity and grace, and I really applaud them all".

A clip of her saying it circulated after Lauer's firing. In December, Couric said the claims were "upsetting" but that she would only speak when she was "ready".

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". "Thanks for your interest".

"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'm truly sorry". Because I am writing this, I still know the thickness of the disappointment and damage I have gone behind at home and in NBC. "I think there's been a lot of cognitive dissonance for me and a lot of people on the show, and clearly the behavior was unacceptable and shocking for so many of us, and yet we also knew a side of Matt and many positive attributes", she explained.

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