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

Katie Couric and Matt Lauer

Nearly two months later, Couric is breaking her silence, finally opening up about the "distressing and disorienting" claims against her longtime co-host and friend.

"The whole thing has been very painful for me", she said.

Couric stressed that throughout her revered Today career, she was wholly unaware of any misconduct on Lauer's end: "I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left".

Couric worked with Lauer for 15 years on the "Today" show, before she left the network in 2006 to join CBS Evening News as an anchor. Couric said that she and Lauer had a "brother-sister" relationship and that he treated her with respect.

Lauer, 60, who co-anchored the NBC talk show for more than 20 years, was ousted from the company November 29 following sexual harassment accusations against him. It's still very upsetting. "I really admire the way Savannah and Hoda and the entire "Today" show staff have handled a very hard situation".


The woman who submitted the complaint alleged Lauer began behaving inappropriately while in Russian Federation covering the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to NBC.

Couric, who has faced backlash for staying quiet on the issue since the news broke, said the accounts she read were "disturbing, distressing and disorienting". Couric broke her silence on the Lauer allegations in a December Instagram reply, in which she told a user asking why she had not addressed the scandal in public, "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to". "Thanks for your interest".

Lauer was sacked in November when NBC received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior".

Lauer released a statement the same day, apologizing to the people he hurt. "You'll find not any phrases to convey my grief and regret the pain I've caused others by actions and words", he explained, in part.

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