In her first interview on the topic since her former Today show co-host Matt Lauer was sacked for inappropriate sexual behavior, Katie Couric opened up about reconciling the fun and respectful co-worker she knew with the harasser he was later exposed as.
The joke in question was made on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2012, when Couric said Lauer's most annoying habit was pinching her "on the a** a lot". I feel I speak for many of my coworkers once I say it was not exactly the Matt we knew. She added: "It's still very upsetting". She left in May 2006 to anchor the CBS Evening News.
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. 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". I really admire the way Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] and the entire Today show staff have handled a very hard situation, ' she added.
Until her People interview, Couric had only commented once on the Lauer scandal, last month on Instagram in response to a user asking her why she had not spoken up.
Lauer was sacked by NBC in November after the network received a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior", saying it had reason to believe it wasn't an isolated incident.
Couric went on in the interview to describe Lauer, who has since apologized for his behavior, as "kind" and "generous". "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. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", he wrote.