Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer: 'I had no idea'


We've heard from a lot of people since Matt Lauer was sacked from NBC over allegations of sexual misconduct, including his former co-anchors, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Ktob, who made an on-air statement on the subject, as well Lauer himself.

She also maintains that she was completely unaware of any incidents taking place during her time on the show, from 1991 to 2006. One person who has remained mum on the situation was Lauer's former, "partner in crime", Katie Couric. "It's completely unacceptable that any woman at the "Today" show experienced this kind of treatment".

She compared her friendship with Lauer to that of a brother and sister and spoke of her admiration for Lauer's latest co-hosts. "That's why I think so many people on the show were stunned when they heard about this other life he was leading". Matt was a kind, generous colleague who treated me with a lot of respect'.

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. News conducted an investigation of a Lauer colleague's detailed complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior".

While speaking with ET on Saturday, she also addressed her 2012 interview on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, when she quipped that the most annoying thing about Lauer was that he "pinches me on the a** a lot".

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"Couric praised NBC hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, who have taken the helm of "Today" since Lauer" s firing. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly".

Asked whether she had ever encountered inappropriate behavior in the workplace, Couric said that she had been "very lucky, I think because I was in a position of relative power pretty early on in my career". "But it was nice for me to be able to say that that was a joke".

"I think that we need to continue to have the conversation".

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