Katie Couric breaks si­lence on Matt Lauer

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Katie Couric, who was Matt Lauer’s To­day co-host for sev­eral years, broke her si­lence Satur­day on sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against him.

Couric told Peo­ple mag­a­zine: “I had no idea this was go­ing on dur­ing my ten­ure or af­ter I left.”

Couric de­parted NBC in 2006 to an­chor the CBS Evening News and has been crit­i­cized for her si­lence in the more than a month since Lauer was fired. NBC News con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a Lauer col­league’s de­tailed com­plaint, and other women have come for­ward with ac­cu­sa­tions against him.

Lauer has since apol­o­gized in a state­ment.

“I think I speak for many of my former col­leagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew,” Couric told Peo­ple. “Matt was a kind and gen­er­ous col­league who treated me with re­spect. In fact, a joke I once made on latenight tele­vi­sion was just that, be­cause it was com­pletely con­trary to our brother-sis­ter re­la­tion­ship. It’s still very up­set­ting.”

Couric was re­fer­ring to a re­mark she made in 2012 on Watch What Hap­pens Live with Andy Co­hen that Lauer “pinches me on the ass a lot.”

Couric is work­ing on a six­part doc­u­men­tary se­ries for the Na­tional Geo­graphic chan­nel called Gen­der Revo­lu­tion: A Jour­ney with Katie Couric and said one episode will fo­cus on ha­rass­ment women have faced in the work­place.

“The whole thing has been very painful for me,” Couric told Peo­ple of Lauer’s be­hav­ior. “The ac­counts I’ve read and heard have been dis­turb­ing, dis­tress­ing and dis­ori­ent­ing and it’s com­pletely un­ac­cept­able that any woman at the

To­day show ex­pe­ri­enced this kind of treat­ment.”

KATIE COURIC

MATT LAUER

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