Katie Couric commented on Matt Lauer's behavior

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

"I mean, we communicate, and listen, it's been a very trying situation in all corners of the world, and all kinds of industries, and you know, people have to move forward", she said. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew.

Co-anchors Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie embrace on the set of the "Today" show, November 29, 2017, in NY, after NBC News fired host Matt Lauer.

Disgraced former "Today" show host Matt Lauer's longtime colleague Katie Couric has broken her silence about Lauer's firing in late November from NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace". "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 continued, alluding to her appearance on Watch What Happens Live a few years ago when she joked that Lauer liked to pinch her on the butt.

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Lauer has been fired from "Today" after multiple women accused him of sexual assault and harassment. Kotb, who had been on the show since 2008, received encouragement from all her fellow anchors and even Lauer himself.

He apologized afterwards in a groveling statement in which he said "some" of the allegations were "untrue". "I've been doing a lot of thinking, I've been having a lot of conversations with people, and I've been doing a lot of reporting, to understand what steps can be taken to create a safer work environment for all of us". "Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect". "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".

On the subject of Hoda Kotb's promotion to co-anchor alongside Savannah Guthrie, Couric enthused "I'm really happy for Hoda - I think she's a great person and her goodness shines through, I think the audience really likes her, and I think she and Savannah make a great team". "Yes, there were men, but I think they were all afraid of me!"

Couric is gearing up for the debut in a few months' time of a six-part issues-driven documentary series for National Geographic.

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