The TV veteran told People that she had "no idea" about the misconduct Lauer is accused of and that the scandal has been "very painful" for her.
'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. She left in May 2006 to anchor the CBS Evening News. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew, ' she said. In a memo to staffers, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said executives "received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer". 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. "Thanks for your interest".
In her People interview, however, Couric dismissed the suggestion it was proof that she knew of Lauer's reputation.
"In this hyper-reactionary instantaneous culture where you have to have something to say right, away, I appreciated the opportunity to sit with this and to wrap my head around it before I spoke about it", Couric told reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour today (January 13), following a panel for her upcoming National Geographic show, America Inside Out With Katie Couric.
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Steve Smith later said that while Australia's XI was yet to be settled, Warner should be fine to play . Meanwhile, Morgan handed out his support for under-fire England coach Trevor Bayliss.
Still, the entire situation is "very upsetting" to Couric, and although she's still unsure how to fully process Lauer's actions, she's optimistic about the future of Today.
'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". "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.
"It's been really crushing", Couric said of the allegations against Lauer. "As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC".