Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer: 'It's Completely Unacceptable'

Katie Couric has finally broken her silence on her former Today co-host Matt Lauer's firing over sexual harassment claims to say she had'no idea about his alleged misconduct. The pair are

Katie Couric finally responds to former co-host Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct allegations: 'I had no idea this was

"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". She says that Lauer was "a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect". I feel I speak for many of my coworkers once I say it was not exactly the Matt we knew.

Almost two months after Matt Lauer was ousted from NBC over allegations of sexual misconduct, his former co-host Katie Couric finally has something to say.

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.

Matt Lauer, seen here in November of 2017 on the set of the Today show in NY, was sacked by NBC after allegations of sexual misconduct.

NBC issued a statement at the end of November announcing Lauer's termination from the network, referring to a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior".

Just a joke In 2012 Couric said Lauer'pinched her a** a lot while they worked together. She made the remark during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. This week she said she meant nothing by

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. "In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship", Couric said. She added that "It's still very upsetting", and that she "really admire [s] the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation". "I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation", she concludes.

"To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry".

"I think it was really moving to see so many women support each other and demand change, not only for themselves, but for mistreated and marginalized women in all kinds of industries", Couric tells People. "Thanks for your interest".

Lauer apologized in a statement a day later.

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