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

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I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew, ' she said. "The accounts I have read and heard are upsetting, debilitating and disorienting plus it's really completely improper that any female in the Now show experienced this sort of treatment method".

Couric and Lauer spent 15 years co-hosting NBC's Today show.

"I wanted to say that earlier, but then I thought it would open up a can of worms, and I really needed time to process all of this, like I think a lot of people do when a situation like this happens", she explained.

The TV journalist anchored the morning show from 1991 to 2006, while Lauer served as co-anchor from1997 to 2017.

She 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 sacked. The shows network, NBC, said an investigation of a Lauer colleagues detailed complaint showed inappropriate sexual behavior. Matt was a kind, generous colleague who treated me with a lot of respect'. 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. "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to", she wrote, adding, "Thanks for your interest". "I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation".

Variety and The New York Times subsequently reported on allegations of harassment and assault that had been made around several past incidents.

He apologized afterwards in a groveling statement in which he said "some" of the allegations were "untrue". "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've been very, very fortunate", she said, "I've been regaled by stories from so many friends who grew up with me in the business or other arenas who I never imagined had to deal with some of the things they had to deal with".

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