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

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

Katie Couric finally responds to former co-host Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct allegations: 'I had no idea this was

Couric, who was a correspondent on the Today show from 1991-2006, was questioned about her opinion on Lauer's firing, but did not respond at the time.

News, Couric told People that when she was at NBC with Lauer, "I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left.I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew". The accounts I have read and heard have been very disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it is completely unacceptable that women at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment'. As a result, we've made a decision to terminate his employment.

'Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. "It's still very upsetting", Couric continued. "The late-night show joke which Couric describes is whether she explained View Everything occurs Live with Andy Cohen in 2012 that Lauer could "pinches me to the buttocks a lot".

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In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation. Following those allegations, multiple women have come forward to accuse Lauer of harassment, and one former NBC employee said the two had an ongoing affair on corporate premises. "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. "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. "To the people I have hurt, I'm truly sorry".

But how is that an appropriate joke considering the drama that so many women had gone through because of Lauer? "Yes, there were men, but I think they were all afraid of me!" We need to transition into policy changes and steps that can be taken to ensure a better work environment for everyone. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul-searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. I think that we're moving into that stage of the movement right now. America Inside Out with Katie Couric will address topics including sexual harassment in the workplace, being Muslim in America, political correctness, and the rapid growth of technology.

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