Katie Couric Just Broke Her Silence on Matt Lauer's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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

Couric and Lauer shared the morning show spotlight for 15 years, before Couric left NBC in 2006 for a position at CBS.

NBC News fired Matt Lauer on November 29 as a result of an internal complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior". "Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect", she continued.

Couric's opinion on the controversy was sought last month immediately after the bombshell sexual harassment and assault allegations against Lauer were made public, but at the time, Couric said that while the news was "incredibly upsetting", she wasn't ready to talk about it.

Couric claimed she had "no idea" about the problems.

"The whole thing has been very painful for me", Couric told People.

Couric also praised Today's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, who has taken Lauer's place on the show, for how they have dealt with the situation.

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"FILE - In this May 31, 2006 file photo, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, co-hosts of the NBC Today" program, open her farewell broadcast in NY. "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, referencing a comment she made on a TV show in 2012 when she said Lauer pinched her "on the ass a lot". "Thanks for your interest", Couric wrote on Instagram. 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".

She went on to explain that she never experienced any inappropriate behavior.

"I really admire the way Savannah and Hoda and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation", she added.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions", he said.

"I mean, we communicate, and listen, it's been a very trying situation in all corners of the world, and all kinds of industries, and you know, people have to move forward", she said.

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